2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Review - 7
PILLAR 1: ENHANCING ACCESS TO CARE
IMPACT: Faith & Heart: Uniting to
Help Syrian Refugees
camps, good hygiene is an important step
in staying healthy and preventing disease.
As of 2016, there were nearly 5 million
Syrian refugees living outside Syria,
more than half of whom are living in
Turkey. Most refugees-about 73%-are
women and children, and almost 50% are
children under the age of 18.
In June 2016, more than 900 volunteers
of all ages and faiths gathered at the 69th
Regiment Armory in New York City, on
a hot Sunday afternoon, to help meet
that need. PowrServ, a division of Heart
to Heart International, teamed up with
Henry Schein, Inc., the Multifaith Alliance
for Syrian Refugees, and the American
Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
(JDC) to assemble hygiene kits for
people living in refugee camps in Turkey.
Syrian refugees are like you and me in
many ways. They have families, hopes,
and dreams. Unlike us, their lives have
been shattered by war. They lost their
homes and fled for safety, often with just
the clothes on their backs. While most of
them hope for the opportunity to return
home, they currently have no choice but
to do their best to survive in chaotic and
Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews,
Muslims, and Sikhs worked side by side
to assemble 7,500 kits containing basic
hygiene and personal care products
provided through Henry Schein Cares.
The kits include soap, shampoo,
toothpaste, washcloths, and bandages,
with additional items specific for the
hygiene needs of women and girls.
In the difficult conditions of refugee
PowrServ and Heart to Heart
International contributed another 7,500
hygiene kits to the shipment designated
for Turkey in August 2016. This means
more than 15,000 refugees received
desperately needed relief.
by Kim Carroll, President, PowrServ
We are so grateful to the contributions
of corporate sponsors, including Henry
Schein, as this humanitarian effort would
not be possible without their support.
And to the 900 volunteers that came
together to give back, your incredible
spirit of generosity reflects the very best
of the NYC faith-based community.
It is a start. We can do so much more.