Benevolence is the best trait of humanity and that is what makes us better people. Even though we are living in a world that sometimes seems cruel there are still people with kindness in their hearts. The greatest impact can be done by celebrities that have the power and influence to help people in need. Gary Sinise is one of them who used his fame and wealth to help the people in need.
We know Gary from the roles in Forrest Gump, The Green Mile and Apollo 13, but this famous actor and musician is also highly appreciated thanks to his philanthropic work.
This established actor has founded the Gary Sinise Foundation, an organization that is focused on the needs of defenders, veterans, first responders, and their families, and communities.
In Forest Gump he played Lieutenant Dan and now this role is becoming reality in his real life helping US military veterans.
The foundation raises money to offer help and support to the people who were willing to give their lives for our safety and way of living, but it also uses its funds to educate, inspire, entertain, strengthen and build the communities impacted by the dreads of war.
“While we can never do enough to show gratitude to our nation’s defenders, we can always do a little more.”
The “Snowball Express” Program
It is one of the many foundation’s programs that has been launched in 2017 honoring fallen US soldiers who left their families behind. The children of these lost soldiers were taken on free trips to Disney world, the most magical place for every child.
This was a 5 night trip to Orlando theme park that was attended by over 1,750 kids. They spent the days in this theme park having fun thus allowing them to experience some comfort knowing that their closed ones really did something special for this country.
The children and their surviving parents were given “we remember” pins at an organized event in honor of their fallen family members. The fallen soldiers have been commemorated with 600 flags lined up.
“The most important thing about [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.”
He formed the Lt. Dan Band In 2003 with the motto “Honor, Gratitude and Rock & Roll” that is intended to lift the spirits and morale of the nation’s veterans, first responders and their loving families who experience all the hardships as well.
“That’s our primary goal, for our Gold Star families to feel remembered and for them to see that they are not alone. It’s something I feel is incredibly important for our nation, 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.”
There is no long-term comfort when you have a fallen soldier in your family, but the kindness and appreciation by the other people can somehow lessen the grief telling you that someone really cares about you.
Here is some of the feedback he got for his deed: