Forrest Gump Star Gary Sinise Takes 1,000 Children Of Fallen Soldiers To Disney World

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Forrest Gump star Gary Sinise has flown 1,000 children of fallen soldiers to Disney World.

On Saturday, December 7, the actor who played Lieutenant Dan Taylor in Forrest Gump took roughly 1,700 family members to Orlando, Florida for a five-day, all expenses paid trip.

It’s part of the Gary Sinise Foundation’s Snowball Express initiative, which began in 2006 when a fallen soldier had written a letter wishing he and his family got the chance to go to Disneyland. And just like that, the foundation was born!

Sinise took to Twitter to share pictures of the family members boarding the place. He also shared some video of him welcoming a child onto the plane, Sinise added: ‘This charter left Los Angeles this morning with 91 kids, 176 in all, and I got to take these photos with them before they left. I’ll join up in a few days. Have fun kids! We love you!’

Each December, the Gary Sinise Foundation partners with American Airlines to provide free vacations to families from across the US.

One Twitter user wrote :

My niece and nephew are part of this trip this year, I’m so grateful to your organisation. They are so excited and it’s great to see them so happy.

Describing the trips, the Gary Sinise Foundation’s website says: 

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.

As a therapeutic retreat with a blend of fun and inspiring programs, these families can lean on their peers for support. And this year we’re bringing Snowball Express to Walt Disney World Resort!

No matter where these families are in the grieving process, we hope to inspire them to believe anything is possible. By providing guilt-free fun and beneficial resources in a stress-free environment, we’re creating a community to learn, grow, and make lasting memories with new friends.

How awesome is this!!!