Gary Sinise the star of Forrest Gump, as Lieutenant Dan, helped children of fallen US soldiers, he helped more than one thousand to go to Disney world.
Because of Gary’s kindness and sympathy, the children and their parents who survived, they had an amazing holiday, around 1.750 people. The children and the families are known as “Gold Star Families” as they are allowed to display a gold star after losing a parent in the Iraq war.
Gary shared some photos of that online
“Over 1000 Gold Star Children travel with surviving parent, 1,750 in all, via American Air 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!”
Gary launched the Gary Sinise Foundation in 2011, and his main goal was helping the children of fallen US soldiers. There’re many programs supported by the foundation, such as ‘The Snowball Express,’ with the help of American airlines each year they host a five-day experience for more than 1,000 children.
The website clarifies that the holidays can be tough and hard for the grieving families, you know it’s kind of hard for some people to relief during the grieving process, so they want to help them to move on and believe that everything is possible. Their amazing trips for those people help them to relief with the help of a therapeutic retreat.
When Gary was asked why he started the foundation he said: “My personal mission is what led to the founding of the Gary Sinise Foundation in 2011, and with the help of supporters like you, we will continue to expand this mission in support of our nation’s defenders, veterans, first responders and their loved ones, while upholding the importance of keeping our country strong by taking care of those who serve.”
“While our programs and projects have certainly made a difference in many lives, there’s much more work to be done.”
His duty is centered around the idea of believing that freedom is something which we should never take for granted. He mentions that, “While we can never do enough to show gratitude to our nation’s defenders, we can always do a little more.”
While the children was on the plane for their trip to Disney land, Jen Tringale witnessed a touching sight: “I walked out into the concourse to this scene @americanairlines was flying a plane full of children who had lost a parent in combat to Disney World on an all-expenses paid trip and they threw a party for them at the gate,” Jen explained.
There’s a group of military personnel who met the children at the gate, and they greeted them.
One commenter on Facebook
“God Bless these Families who lost a spouse in the Military or these little children who lost a Mommy or Daddy. God Bless American Airlines for doing a Wonderful thing to send these children to Disneyworld and make them happy.”
As Gary’s believes, it’s very important for those people to know how much we respect and honor the sacrifices they’ve made by, “letting the children know that we do not forget their sacrifices and we honor them. And it’s such a great feeling to see them healing, smiling, and having fun.”