Gary Sinise Surprises The Gold Star Children By Flying Them To Disney World

It’s a Christmas miracle! And for the thousand Gold Star children and their surviving parents, this miracle’s name is Gary Sinise. For those who don’t know, Gold Star children are those whose fathers or mothers were killed or died while serving the US military.

It’s the best time of the year, and Gary made sure these children have the Christmas they deserve. The actor flew over a thousand children and their parents to Disney World for Christmas. With the help of Gary Sinise Foundation, the actor made these children’s dream come true, and this is not the first time, as last year the foundation set up the Snowball Express.

A non-profit organization works for these children and their surviving parents, helping them when necessary. Using movies and other forms of interactive media, the organization aims to reach out to the non-military Americans to support the military families so the children won’t be feeling left out.

And just in time for Christmas, Gary reached out with the ultimate gift.

You might best know Gary Sinise for his role as Lt. Dan in Forrest Gump. The actor has been working to help the veterans and their families since the 80s after the war of Vietnam. His first involvement was when he set up the Vets Night program, providing the veterans with free dinners and performances at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago.

He never stopped his charity works, instead, he became even more involved after the disastrous attack on the twin towers back in September 2001.


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This year, his focus was on the children of fallen soldiers, pampering them with love and the best gift a child could ever ask for. Hell, it’s the best gift I could ever ask for, and I’m fully grown!

The Gary Sinise Foundation loaded 15 airplanes with Gold Star children, 1750 children to be precise, and their surviving parents for an unforgettable trip to the Disney World.

The actor, speaking for KCAL-TV 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.

Gary then added that the children are from 15 locations all over the country, and they’ll be going on a 5-night vacation in Orlando, Florida.


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As if that’s not enough, Santa Claus is paying the children a visit as they’re on their way to Florida. The foundation arranged for the Santa to fly down in a helicopter and land in Los Angeles Internation Airport to see the kids.

Desmond, whose father Army Sgt. Myles Pennix died in 2016, was the first to meet Santa and said: “I (didn’t know) that he would be here in a helicopter — I thought he was gonna be jumping out of there in a parachute.”

Jade, Desmond’s mother, said this trip would help them on the healing process and both Desmond and other children will have friends who are “just like him.”

American Airlines is sponsoring the trip, saying they love to fly children to the ‘happiest place on Earth.’ Sinise, during the interview also said:

The most important thing about [the Snowball Express] is that these children don’t feel alone. There’s a lot of healing and a lot of bonding and a lot of friendship that goes on that helps them through the rest of the year.


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Everyone praised the gesture of Gary and his foundation and even took to Twitter to react and wish him well.

The world needs more people like Gary Sinise!


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