connectVideoGary Sinise Foundation to send Gold Star families to go to Disney
Snowball Express supports Gold Star families. Actor opens up about his mission to help our heroes.
The Gary Sinise Foundation, founded by the “Forrest Gump” star, more than 600 Gold Star families to Disney World this month.
Sinise made the announcement on Twitter with a photo of parents and children on a plane on the way to the amusement park.
“More than 1,000 Gold Star children with the surviving parent, 1,750 in all, via American Airlines to Disney World today, as part of our (Gary Sinise Foundation, Snowball Express program. This charter left LAX this morning. I join up in a few days. Have fun kids! We love you!”, he wrote.
The Gary Sinise Foundation, founded in 2011, posted photos of the children having fun at the “most magical place on Earth” with their families.
The foundation launched the program last year, which helps to serve the “children of fallen military heroes,” says the website.
“The holidays are especially a challenge for the grieving families. Each year in December, we organize a five-day experience for 1,750+ children of the fallen and their surviving parent or guardian,” the foundation’s website stated. “As a therapeutic retreat with a mix of fun and inspiring programs, these families can lean on their colleagues for support. And this year we Snowball Express to Walt Disney World Resort!”
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Sinise started the support of veterans who served in the Vietnam War, but spent much of his support after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Earlier this week, “Everybody Loves Raymond” star Patricia Heaton called on TIME Magazine to Sinise on the “Person of the Year” list for his charity work.
“Hey @TIME , why is it not @GarySinise ever in the Person of the Year list? Hey @TheAcademy, why is he not ever chosen for the #jeanhersholt humanitarian award? He raised $30M in a year to build homes for injured veterans, along with his #goldstarfamily support. Retweet!” she wrote.
Fox News”Jennifer Earl contributed to this report.