The “Snowball Express”, a program launched by the Gary Sinise Foundation took more than 1,000 Gold Star children from all over the country to Walt Disney World.
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Let us tell you what veteran actor Gary Sinise just did. The star of Forrest Gump, The Green Mile and Apollo 13 is also a musician and is now a philanthropist thanks to his recent endeavors. The man who played Lieutenant Dan in the 1994 drama alongside Tom Hanks is honoring US military veterans and help their children.
It’s ppl like @GarySinise that should win titles like “Person of the Year,” & the #NobelPrize.— Dan Nuwash, MBA (@finance4thought) October 30, 2019
We idolize too many people who only offer lip service, but Mr. Sinise humbly works in silence & lets his #success be the noise.
Thank you for all you do sir!https://t.co/k1lpheoSVe
Sinise established the Gary Sinise Foundation, where he and the organization serve the needs of veterans, defenders, first responders, their families, and communities. “While we can never do enough to show gratitude to our nation’s defenders, we can always do a little more,” Sinise said.
According to the foundation’s website, “No matter where these families are in the grieving process, we hope to inspire them to believe anything is possible.”
That's Awesome! Forrest Gump would be proud of his old buddy 🤩 https://t.co/Lo8EZFbP6C— Brandt Stohr (@BCS12345) October 30, 2019
One of the programs which the foundation holds is called the “Snowball Express.” The program took more than 1,000 Gold Star children from all over the country to Walt Disney World.
The "Snowball Express" was launched in 2017 and its goal is to honor fallen US soldiers by taking their children on free trips to Disney World. USA Today reported that before they arrived in Orlando, several children were honored by passengers at Nashville's airport.
With regards to the trip to Disney World, the foundation officials said, “The holidays can be especially challenging for grieving families. Each December, we host a five-day experience for 1,750+ children of the fallen and their surviving parent or guardian. As a therapeutic retreat with a blend of fun and inspiring programs, these families can lean on their peers for support. And this year we’re bringing Snowball Express to Walt Disney World Resort.”
You Sir have become a true hero to these families.— Ozzie (@bronzechair) December 13, 2018
Gary Sinise— D Fullen 🇺🇸🌊 (@dhfull50) December 13, 2018
Each flag representing the fallen hero of over 600 families attending Gary Sinise Foundation 2018 Snowball Express event at Walt Disney World. Thank you to these Gold Star families, our amazing volunteers and all who supported our event. pic.twitter.com/BaHysjsXSH
“The most important thing about [Snowball Express] is that these children don’t feel alone. There’s a lot of healing and a lot of bonding and a lot of friendship that goes on that helps them through the rest of the year,” Sinise told CBS Los Angeles. The outlet also reported that the trip was sponsored by American Airlines.