Gary Sinise, one of the stars of the iconic film, Forrest Gump, sent more than 600 Gold Star Families to Disney World this month reports Fox News.
Sinise is the founder of the Gary Sinise Foundation, which he started in 2011 to help serve the “children of fallen military heroes,” according to the foundation’s website.
Sinise took to twitter to make the announcement with a picture of parents and children on a plane headed to the amusement park. This is part of Sinise’s “Snowball Express” initiative which became an official staple of the foundation in 2017.
In the post, Sinise wrote, “Over 1,000 Gold Star children travel 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’ll join up in a few days. Have fun kids! We love you!”
In a video on the foundation’s website, promoting the Snowball Express, Sinise goes on to state that, “These are all children who’ve all lost a parent in military conflict or service. So, we just want to give them as much joy and love and light right before the holidays as possible to make sure they know we won’t forget them.”
Sinise has been a longtime advocate of this nation’s defenders whether it be veterans or first responders and their families.
“The holidays are a particularly difficult time for a child who’s lost a parent. For the next four days’ we’re going to treat them very special as they deserve.”