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800 Families of Fallen Heroes Get Game-Changing Christmas Present

The Gary Sinise Foundation and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida teamed up this month to honor the families of fallen veterans with the trip of a lifetime.

More than 800 families of fallen veterans were hosted at Disney World this month, WJXX-TV in Jacksonville reported.

This five-day event known as the Snowball Express allowed almost 2,000 people to experience one of the most famous tourist destinations on Earth, the outlet reported.

The Gary Sinise Foundation was founded to “serve our nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need,” according to its website.

Snowball Express is just one way the foundation makes that a reality.

“I’ve had several mothers come up to me, with tears in their eyes, and say how grateful they are as moms to know that their children are with other children who experienced similar things,” Donna Palmer, executive director for the Gary Sinise Foundation, said, according to KABC-TV.

“That feeling of comfort and connection means so much to them,” she said.

The families seem to have an appreciation for how much they mean to Sinise and his entire team.

“I am completely overwhelmed by how amazing it has been,” one participant told the outlet. “You just feel the love.”

The Gary Sinise Foundation works to serve these families with “year-round programming and support for families that honors their fallen hero, encourages them to make new memories, and provides opportunities to connect with others who know what they’ve been through.”

“Freedom and security are precious gifts that we, as Americans, should never take for granted,” the actor said in a statement on his foundation’s website.

“We must do all we can to extend our hand in times of need to those who willingly sacrifice each day to provide that freedom and security,” he said. “While we can never do enough to show gratitude to our nation’s defenders, we can always do a little more.”

It reminds one of a quote from Army Lt. Gen. Harold Moore: “There’s always one more thing you can do to influence any situation in your favor — and after that one more thing, and after that …. The more you do the more opportunities arise.”

The quest to serve the families of those who have given their lives for us doesn’t stop here.

When it comes to helping veterans and their families, there’s always one more thing you can do.

If you’re a veteran struggling this holiday season, please know that you’re not alone. For immediate assistance, you can access the Veterans Crisis Line at any time.

For phone assistance, call 988 and press 1. There is a link you can use to chat online right here. You can also text 838255. It’s all confidential, and it’s all free.

5 Comments
  • Nana says:

    Im sure most would appreciate a lump sum to compensate for a lost family provider.

    • DWS says:

      Money is truly not the end all be all. This is for the children and I’m sure they appreciate the communal with other children that tha lost their mother/father etc.

  • Donna says:

    I truly applaud Gary Sinise for his work & support of our Fallen Heroes families. That said, I just wish he would team up with something other than Disney at this point!

  • Crash says:

    As much as I support veterans and veteran assistance, how is taking these families to Disney world “game changing”?

  • Mjrtoo says:

    Gary Sinise is awesome…end of story.

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