Actor Gary Sinise Sends 1700 Loved Ones Of Fallen Soldiers To Disney World
Last weekend, actor Gary Sinise and his foundation sent over 1000 kids of fallen soldiers on a all-expenses-paid trip to Walt Disney World in Florida. This is the 14th time that the actor and his foundation have organized the 'Snowball Express' for the so-called Gold Star Children and their families.
Actor Gary Sinise, with the help of his Gary Sinise Foundation, made over 1000 Gold Star Children very happy last weekend. The actor, who starred as "Lieutenant Dan" alongside Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump in 1994, teamed up with American Airlines and sent the children of fallen soldiers to Walt Disney World in Florida with the surviving parent or guardian at their side. His foundation paid for all expenses.
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
The Gary Sinise Foundation organizes the 'Snowball Express'
The trip is part of the Gary Sinise Foundation's 'Snowball Express' program, that organizes trips for families who have lost members in the military. Sinise's commitment to helping the Gold Star Families started in 2006 with a letter written by a fallen soldier - there were instructions only to open it in case he died. In it, he told of his wish for his family to go to Disneyland.
Gary Sinise Foundation Snowball Express families were celebrated this morning at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL whose cast members put on quite a show with fireworks, snow, and more as families paraded down Main Street U.S.A. to the Magic Castle. #GSFSBE #SnowballExpress pic.twitter.com/wLwZM1I6UX— GarySiniseFoundation (@GarySiniseFound) December 10, 2019
With that, the idea for the trip was born, and the 14th 'Snowball Express' took off this past weekend.