MELVILLE, N.Y., Dec. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC), the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners, announced today that it will donate $150,000 in support of relief efforts for victims of the disastrous Typhoon that struck the Philippines. Henry Schein is working with its suppliers and non-governmental organization (NGO) partners - AmeriCares, Direct Relief, Heart to Heart International and MedShare to provide essential health care supplies for the ongoing relief efforts, and funds raised through the Henry Schein Cares Foundation will be donated to organizations also providing urgent care to victims.
"The citizens of the Philippines remain in dire need of assistance, and Henry Schein is committed to supporting relief efforts for the victims of this terrible tragedy," said Stanley Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Henry Schein, Inc. "For more than two decades, Henry Schein has been dedicated to taking an active role in supporting disaster preparedness and relief efforts around the world, in coordination with our suppliers and NGOs. We are grateful to our suppliers, Crosstex International, A.R. Medicom, Sempermed USA and TIDI Products, who share our commitment to social responsibility and have generously contributed much needed emergency health care supplies, as identified by our NGO partners, who are coordinating with teams on the ground in the Philippines to ensure that these supplies are delivered as quickly as possible and used effectively and efficiently."
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The disaster response effort is part of Henry Schein Cares, the global corporate social responsibility program of Henry Schein. To help accelerate the response to emergencies around the world, Henry Schein Cares ships product to international relief organizations year-round to ensure their warehouses are stocked when disasters strike.
In addition to the Company's donations of health care products, the Philippines Relief Fund was established through the Henry Schein Cares Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that supports and promotes dental, medical and animal health by helping to increase access to care globally. Money raised by the Foundation will be donated to organizations providing relief in the Philippines including: Catholic Relief Services, Islamic Relief USA, IsraAID, Lutheran World Relief and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The Fund provides a way for Team Schein Members and others who are interested in supporting relief efforts to contribute, and Henry Schein matches all donations contributed to this fund by Team Schein Members. All proceeds of the Fund are applied directly and completely to relief efforts. The Fund remains open and individuals or companies wishing to contribute can make a financial or product donation. Credit card donations can be made through the Henry Schein Cares Foundation Web site, http://www.hscaresfoundation.org/, (click the "donate button" to be directed to an online credit card processing page, and select "Philippines Relief Fund" for the gift designation). Those who wish to contribute by check should make the check payable to "Henry Schein Cares Foundation" with "Philippines Relief Fund" noted in the memo of the check, and send it to Ashley Lenz at Henry Schein, Inc., 135 Duryea Road, Melville, NY 11747. Donations to the Henry Schein Cares Foundation are tax deductible in the United States.