Gary Sinise Takes 1,000 Military Families to Disney World
By Tess Farrand, Associate Content Editor
Gary Sinise’s annual Snowball Express hosted over 1,000 families of fallen warriors at Disney World this past week.
“Families who attended the four-day vacation came from 87 different cities around the United States. They all returned home on Dec. 11,” FaithWire said.
Sinise and his team partnered with American Airlines to fly Gold Star families, families of fallen warriors, to the event in Orlando, Florida.
Sinise took to Twitter to share his thankfulness for the event and the Christmas season.
After the final day of our @GarySiniseFound Snowball Express event last week, I stayed here at Disney World to narrate the Candlelight Processional. It was 20 years ago, December 2000, that I did my first show & it is always a joy to be back. pic.twitter.com/LcDbaNhbOU
— Gary Sinise (@GarySinise) December 16, 2019
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Families of fallen service members are currently departing from airports across the country en route to the Most Magical Place on Earth, Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, as part of Gary Sinise Foundation Snowball Express. Transported to and from Orlando aboard the red, white, and blue of our partner, @americanair, the annual 5-day trip honors the children and surviving spouses of fallen military heroes who gave their life while in service to the nation. With the passing of each day, children and spouses come together in support of one another, bonding over their loss while building lasting friendships and sharing happy memories along the way. #GSFSBE #SnowballExpress
According to the Gary Sinise Foundation:
The holidays can be especially challenging for grieving families. Each December, we host a five-day experience for 1,750+ children of the fallen and their surviving parent or guardian. As a therapeutic retreat with a blend of fun and inspiring programs, these families can lean on their peers for support. And this year we’re bringing Snowball Express to Walt Disney World® Resort!
According to FaithWire, “In addition to the vacation to Disney World, Sinise also treated the Gold Star children to a performance by his Lt. Dan Band, which travels around the world entertaining U.S. troops stationed abroad.
Watch the touching recap video form 2018’s Snowball Express.
Movieguide® previously reported that Sinise’s faith in Christ plays a huge role in his motivation for helping others:
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In recent years, Sinise spoke at a conference for the Catholic fraternal organization, Knights of Columbus, where he reflected on his faith. He said, “When I think about the life and sufferings of Christ, when I think about the stories of the extreme hardships and heavy burdens that our military men and women and their families were willing to and continue to bear, I can’t help but think about this verse: ‘For greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.’”