Gary Sinise is not just a phenomenal actor, he is also an incredibly kind man with a heart of gold! Thanks to the Gary Sinise Foundation, more than 1,700 Gold Star family members were recently sent on a trip called the “Snowball Express” to Disney World.
The children and spouses of fallen soldiers were loaded into 15 airplanes and treated to the all-expenses paid 5-day trip in Orlando, Florida.
In Chicago, the families were given a sweet sendoff at the airport, with supporters dressed in holiday and other festive gear cheering them on.
What a sendoff for families as they board the Snowball Express! @INDairport -> Chicago -> Orlando for a special holiday trip in honor of their loved ones who died while serving our country. @GarySiniseFound @GarySinise @DoubleGee18 @WTHRcom #WTHRSunrise pic.twitter.com/ZWNAfnckBk
— Anna Carrera (@AnnaWTHR) December 8, 2018
At the Los Angeles airport, Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived in a helicopter with lots of gifts for the children and offer a photo opportunity.
On the other hand, the Nashville airport came to a complete standstill as the crowd was treated to a rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner and the military members giving a salute.
Speaking to KCAL9, Gary Sinise said, “Each one of these children who are going on these airplanes have lost a parent in military services—either combat related or illness or unfortunately suicide sometimes. We wanna take care of these kids and make sure they know we don’t forget.”
In a heartwarming video of the scene uploaded online, a Facebook user, Jen Tringale, wrote, “Most every person standing around, myself included was bawling at the sight of these kids and spouses who have paid so great a price for our country. To see all of this at Christmas time was so humbling.”
Sinise has been committed to pushing for causes for veterans over the years. He has been involved in volunteering for USO tours, building homes for wounded veterans and helping people overcome injury or loss.
The actor and director is well-known for his roles in the Tv series, ‘Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders’, ‘CSI: NY’ and his role as Lt. Dan in ‘Forrest Gump’ among many others.
“A tremendous spirit of volunteerism and giving back to our special Snowball families of the fallen. It’s been a great year. More to come in 2019. We Remember,” wrote Sinise on Twitter.
Such an incredible man, we hope his kindness inspires you to spread a little love and compassion today!