Gary Sinise is one of the good guys in Hollywood. He has spent years doing volunteer work for American veterans. Now his foundation has done something wonderful gold star families for Christmas.
The Washington Examiner reports:
Hundreds of Gold Star families sent to Disney World by Gary Sinise Foundation
More than 650 families are being sent to Disney World this year as part of Snowball Express, a program aimed at helping Gold Star families enjoy the holiday season.
The program, which started in 2006 but was launched just last year as part of the Gary Sinise Foundation, has 1,722 participants this year, according to an Instagram post.
“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,” the Gary Sinise Foundation said on its website. “As a therapeutic retreat with a blend of fun and inspiring programs, these families can lean on their peers for support.”
Airports sending off these families, with some children as young as two and three years old, also got in the spirit over the weekend. Nashville International Airport held a rendition of the Star Spangled Banner at the gate where families were waiting to board the plane, and servicemembers stood at attention in the concourse.
Gary Sinise doesn’t get nearly enough praise for all he has done. He certainly deserves it.