Gary Sinise’s Snowball Express Takes More than a Thousand Gold Star Kids to Disney World

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | December 17, 2018 | 10:51 AM EST

Actor Gary Sinise: "I'll do anything for these kids." (Screenshot)

Actor Gary Sinise’s foundation took more than 1,000 children whose parents died in military service to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida this Christmas season.

Through the Snowball Express program acquired last year, the Gary Sinise Foundation treated these Gold Star children to five days of fun and festivities at Disney World. There, Sinise met and honored the children.

Sinise’s foundation works year-round to support Gold Star families, ABC’s Orlando affiliate WFTV explains:

But the foundation doesn’t just focus on the holiday season. It also hosts events for Gold Star families all year long. The foundation takes them to baseball games, camping and gives them educational opportunities to help “build bonds with the only people who can truly understand their loss: each other.”

Last week, as reported, actress Patricia Heaton Tweeted that Sinise deserves to be named to Time’s “Person of the Year” list because of his support of Gold Star families, noting how the actor has also raised $30 million to build homes for wounded veterans:

As TIME released its 2018 “Person of the Year” list, actress Patricia Heaton, known for her roles in the TV series “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “The Middle,” called TIME out in a post on her Twitter page, asking, “[w]hy isn’t @GarySinise ever on the Person of the Year list?”

“Hey @TIME, why isn’t @GarySinise ever on the Person of the Year list?” asked Patricia Heaton in a tweet. “Hey @TheAcademy, why isn’t he ever picked for the #jeanhersholt humanitarian award? He raises $30M a year to build homes for wounded vets along with his #goldstarfamily support.

“I’ll do anything for these kids, anything for the Gold Star families, so that they know we’ll never forget them,” Sinise says in the video below promoting his foundation’s Snowball Express program.

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