Honoring those we lost & those left behind
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.
healing & celebration
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!
We’re also hosting community-driven events for these families all year long. From baseball games, to arts & educational opportunities, to camping trips, these families can deepen friendships right in their hometowns. These events are essential for children and surviving spouses to build bonds with the only people who can truly understand their loss: each other.
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Virtual Remembrance Garden
Each year, during the Gary Sinise Foundation Snowball Express, we honor and remember our fallen military heroes in a Remembrance Garden filled with hundreds of flags and placards, each representing the brave heroes our Gold Star families lost. In 2020, the tradition of this important tribute looked a little different. Thanks to the generosity of the American people and partners like, WoodmenLife, we were able to create a Virtual Remembrance Garden where all of our Snowball Express families could honor and pay tribute to their fallen hero from the comfort of their own home. The Virtual Remembrance Garden was an important reminder to our Snowball Express families that they were not alone during this time of year, and their hero’s selfless sacrifice will never be forgotten.