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Snowball Express

Snowball Express

Gary Sinise Foundation Snowball Express serves the children of fallen military heroes. In 2017, Snowball Express became an official Gary Sinise Foundation initiative. We are committed to maintaining the wonderful traditions while finding new and exciting ways to serve our families of the fallen.

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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!

Year-round Support

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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american children have experienced the deployment of at least one parent since 2001.

Who will help give them strength?
I will

snowball express

Event Resources

Are you a family of the fallen on or after 9/11? Complete our preliminary registration form below.

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Ready to join the Gary Sinise Foundation Snowball Express team? Start by filling out our volunteer signup.

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Read answers to the most common questions from our participants, volunteers, and supporters.

Read the F.A.Q.

important Documents

Escort Authorization / Medical Consent Form

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School Absence Letter

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Work Absence Letter

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our impact

By the numbers

children of fallen military heroes & their surviving parent/guardian joined us for Snowball Express since 2018

Our Impact

The Stories

It isn’t easy to put into words what Snowball Express meant to my 8-year-old daughter and me but I will try. I guess the easiest way to explain it is to simply state that it was the first time since losing my husband that I went 5 days in a row without crying. Sure, there were a few moments of filling up with tears. However, those were tears of gratitude and pride.

Jennifer HansonWidow of LCDR Keith Hanson, USN

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.

2021 Remembrance Garden Coming Soon