Gary Sinise seems like a really nice guy. He’s not only a great actor but super kind. A veteran himself, his work to help other veterans goes on more than you realise. The Gary Sinise Foundation helps thousands of veterans every year, but this time he’s helping the families of fallen soldiers.
Late last year, he sent 1,700 people, including 1,000 children, to Disney World, Florida. The program was affectionately called “Snowball Express” (it was around Christmas time to be fair) and involved 15 private airplanes.
The families were treated to an all-expenses-paid five day holiday in Disney World and were greeted with fanfares at both airports. Staff and strangers endeavoured to treat the children like VIPs at all times.
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 (@AnnaCarrera317) December 8, 2018-Advertisement-
“Each one of these children who are going on these airplanes have lost a parent in military services,” said Sinise. “…Either combat related or illness or unfortunately suicide sometimes. We wanna take care of these kids and make sure they know we don’t forget.”
Gary Sinise has been supporting the “Snowball Express” movement for years, but officially took over the running of it in 2017. Hopefully, he will treat the kids and families of fallen soldiers for years to come.
Gary Sinise Foundation’s Snowball Express 2018 at Walt Disney World in Orlando this year! A chance to heal, connect with other Gold Star families, and celebrate! 1,722 family members of our fallen heroes at the happiest place on earth. pic.twitter.com/zdE4gcEwiM
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Jen Tringle saw the whole of Nashville airport stop for the kids and filmed the spontaneous rendition of Star Spangled Banner for Facebook.
She also commented on her video. “Most every person standing around, myself included was bawling at the sight of these kids and spouses who have paid so great a price for our country. To see all of this at Christmas time was so humbling,” she said. It is a beautiful moment.
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