The actor, Gary Sinise, famously known for his character in Forrest Gump, Lt. Dan, once again comes through for military families by joining forces with American Airlines, and bringing 1000 kids and their families to Walt Disney World.
The trip, organized by the Gary Sinise Foundation, brings together families for a special experience each year, part of the organization’s year-round support.
The so-called Snowball Express event is the result of a collaboration between the foundation and American Airlines.
Snowball Express began in 2006, with a letter written by a fallen soldier to his wife, only to be opened should he die in battle. While the letter expressed many things, one wish was that they visit Disneyland. From that letter, Snowball Express was created to bring together the children and surviving spouses of fallen U.S. military heroes for a healing retreat.
Families traveled to Orlando via 13 donated American Airlines charter flights with volunteer crews.
Sinise, said the trip involved 1,000 Gold Star children and their surviving parents or guardians, more than 1,750 people altogether.
Gary Sinise will be narrating the Candlelight Processional at Epcot from December 13th through December 15th, he brings the house to his feet with a well deserved standing ovation every night.