Gary Sinise, who plays Lieutenant Dan in Forrest Gump, runs a foundation that brings kids that have lost their military parents to Disney World.
The Snowball Express Program has brought over 1750 kids to Disney World thanks to the hard work of Sinise, the legless Vietnam War vet in Forrest Gump.
His foundation was founded in 2009, and his main objective was to raise money and awareness for wounded veterans.
The Snowball Express Program pays all expenses of kids.
On their official website, Senise said, “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.”
Over 1000 Gold Star Children travel w/ surviving parent, 1,750 in all, via @americanair to Disney World today as part of our @GarySiniseFound Snowball Express program. This charter left LAX this morning. I’ll join up in a few days. Have fun kids! We love you! pic.twitter.com/OfMEpVF1er
— Gary Sinise (@GarySinise) December 8, 2018
He added, “As a therapeutic retreat with a blend of fun and inspiring programs, these families can lean on their peers for support.”
The Snowball Express brings kids to Disney World and other places where kids can have a great time with each other.
The kids are also honored during their trips.
The National Air Traffic Controllers Association sent them tote bags and when a group of kids was switching flights in Nashville on the way to Orlando, the American Airlines staged a party at the boarding gate.
The event was announced and everybody near the gate stopped and sang the national anthem of the United States of America.
Over 1,750 kids have been flown to the Disney World Park in Orlando for a 5-night trip.
Talking about his unique program, Sinise said, “The most important thing about [Snowball Express] is that these children don’t feel alone. There’s a lot of healing and a lot of bonding and a lot of friendship that goes on that helps them through the rest of the year.”