Gary Sinise and American Airlines offer ‘Snowball Express’ for Children and Families of Fallen Service Members to Visit Walt Disney World. The Gary Sinise Foundation and American Airlines has partnered to provide the 14th ‘Snowball Express’, bringing 0ver 1000 Gold Star Children (children of fallen service members) and their families to Walt Disney World Resort at Christmas time for his annual Snowball Express program.
The CSI:NY and Forrest Gump star shares this mission statement for his charity, the Gary Sinise Foundation. “Freedom and security are precious gifts that we, as Americans, should never take for granted. We must do all we can to extend our hand in times of need to those who willingly sacrifice each day to provide that freedom and security. While we can never do enough to show gratitude to our nation’s defenders, we can always do a little more.” -Gary Sinise, GSF
Gary, GSF, and American Airlines have all shared photos and support via Twitter for this selfless act of kindness for these grieving families, who have loved ones that gave the ultimate sacrifice for their nation, her interests, and her people. American Airlines was happy to partner and get all these families to Orlando to enjoy the holiday season in the place “Where Dreams Come True.”
Today begins our GSF Snowball Express #14. Over 1000 Gold Star Children travel with surviving parent or guardian, over 1,750 in all, via our travel partner @AmericanAir to Disney World as part of our @GarySiniseFound Snowball Express program. pic.twitter.com/lvDfMhXXcR
— Gary Sinise (@GarySinise) December 7, 2019
— American Airlines (@AmericanAir) December 7, 2019
After arriving at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL, Gary Sinise Foundation Snowball Express families are enjoying community activities while coming together to honor the lives of lost service members. #SBEGSF #SnowballExpress pic.twitter.com/3H2Oqwa1wC
— GarySiniseFoundation (@GarySiniseFound) December 8, 2019
The families were able to participate in community building activities, meet with Disney characters, enjoy world class service at Disney resorts and restaurants, and have been treated to plenty of Disney Magic during their stay at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL. Though we know each and every one of these participants would prefer to have their loved ones here, this wonderful event allows for them to find some joy and light in the darkness.
To lend your support for GSF and the ‘Snowball Express’ program, you can visit garysinisefoundation.org to pledge your support.
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