Henry Schein Cares Foundation Supports Homeless, Young Mothers, Homebound Seniors, and Migrant Farm Workers in California
June 2012 — The Henry Schein Cares Foundation recently donated more than 80,000 toothbrushes and tubes of toothpaste to Direct Relief International. The organization's Personal Packs program distributes essential hygiene items to Santa Barbara charities that serve the homeless, young mothers, homebound seniors, and migrant farm workers. Direct Relief has distributed nearly 60,000 Personal Packs since 1992.
In addition to the Personal Packs program, Henry Schein Cares Foundation's supplies will be used for Operation Stand Down and the Healthy Smiles program. Operation Stand Down supports homeless veterans in Santa Barbara County with a range of services, including housing assistance, counseling, employment opportunities, health services, legal issues, etc. Healthy Smiles provides low-income families with dental hygiene kits in Santa Barbara County. Since 1994, volunteers have been assembling and distributing these dental hygiene kits as well as providing oral health prevention education.
Henry Schein, Inc. also provides an ongoing supply of health care products to Direct Relief International through its Global Product Donation Program to support its other initiatives.