Actor Gary Sinise Sends Hundreds of Children of Fallen Military Heroes to Walt Disney World
Gary Sinise is taking a total of 1750 people to Walt Disney World this December as part of his “Snowball Express” program through the Gary Sinise Foundation. He chartered flights and with the help of American Airlines and they took flight from LAX. Gary started his foundation as a way to give back to children of the fallen and their surviving parent or guardian. This week they left on a five day adventure to Walt Disney World as a way to enjoy a stress-free environment making lasting memories with new friends.
This is the official statement from the Gary Sinise Foundation website:
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! We’re also hosting community-driven events for these families all year long. From baseball games, to arts & educational opportunities, to camping trips, these families can deepen friendships right in their hometowns. These events are essential for children and surviving spouses to build bonds with the only people who can truly understand their loss: each other. For nearly forty years, Gary Sinise has stood as an advocate of America’s service members. It began in the early 80’s with his support of Vietnam Veterans groups and the creation of Vets Night, a program offering free dinners and performances to veterans at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. His commitment continued into the 90’s working on behalf of the Disabled American Veterans organization which he continues to actively support. Since the attacks of September 11th, 2001, his dedication to our nation’s active duty defenders, veterans and first responders has become a tireless crusade of support, service and gratitude to all those who protect our freedom and serve our country.
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
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