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Over 1000 Gold Star Children travel w/ surviving parent, 1,750 in all, via @americanair to Disney World today as part of our @GarySiniseFound Snowball Express program. This charter left LAX this morning. I’ll join up in a few days. Have fun kids! We love you! pic.twitter.com/OfMEpVF1er— Gary Sinise (@GarySinise) December 8, 2018
What a sendoff for families as they board the Snowball Express! @INDairport -> Chicago -> Orlando for a special holiday trip in honor of their loved ones who died while serving our country. @GarySiniseFound @GarySinise @DoubleGee18 @WTHRcom #WTHRSunrise pic.twitter.com/ZWNAfnckBk— Anna Carrera (@AnnaWTHR) December 8, 2018
In what has become an annual celebration, actor and philanthropist Gary Sinise kicked off his Snowball Express program over the weekend, sending 1,750 Gold Star family members to Disney World for a five-day all-expenses-paid vacation. (Barstool Sports)
The Gary Sinise Foundation supports a wide range of causes like R.I.S.E., which builds ‘specially adapted smart homes for severely wounded heroes and provides home modifications, mobility devices, and adapted vehicles to injured, wounded, ill, and/or aging heroes’. The foundation also sponsors mentorship retreats for vets, provides outreach through education, entertainment & the arts, and also secures grants, relief, & equipment for first responders.
Just this past weekend another one of Sinise’s initiatives kicked off for the children of military members who have passed; The Snowball Express.
The holidays are fast approachin’ & can be tough for anyone, but I know it’s especially difficult for those who are missing loved ones. This ongoing war has impacted our country in so many lasting ways that we don’t always think about. I hope this time down at Disney lets the kids just be kids, and the other family members soak in the sunshine & joy while they make connections with others who understand the sacrifices made.
The idea behind the Snowball Express was to treat children who've lost a parent in military service to a vacation where they can be a kid and their parents can relax, access support, and create new bonds with the few people who can truly understand their loss: fellow survivors.