Children of fallen soldiers going to Disney World thanks to Gary Sinise Foundation

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KAKE) -

Children of fallen soldiers from the Kansas City area will get a holiday vacation to Disney World thanks to the Gary Sinise Foundation.

WDAF reports the Snowball Express will depart Kansas City International Airport on Saturday for Orlando, where the children will be treated to a 5-day stay at Disney World.

Families at the airport will be treated to a visit from Santa Claus along with the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals mascots. There will also be activities.

Overall, 1,700 family members of fallen soldiers from across the country will be taking a ride on the Snowball Express this year. American Airlines partners with the Gary Sinise Foundation to donate the flights.

“Snowball Express aims to provide a memorable experience where they can access support, create new bonds, make positive memories and build a community with the only people who can truly understand their loss: each other,” the foundation said.

The Snowball Express began in 2006 with a letter written by a fallen soldier to his wife, only to be opened should he perish in battle. While the letter expressed many things, one wish was that his family visit Disneyland.

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