American Airlines supports Gold Star families through Snowball Express

American Airlines has announced it has supported the 13th annual Snowball Express by taking 1,722 children of Gold Star military families for a therapeutic getaway with inspirational programs and peer-to-peer support, the company said.

The Snowball Express, a project of the Gary Sinese Foundation, gathered children of the fallen and their surviving parent or guardian in Orlando, Florida for five days of fun and fellowship.

During their trip, families visited Disney World, and were given direct access to complimentary resources such as counseling services; application support for educational scholarships; education about and access to medical and government benefits; financial counseling and assistance; mentoring; and aid for those with special needs or disabilities.

Snowball Express offered a variety of activities and entertainment, including a concert from Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band.

As the official airline of the Snowball Express program, American transported the families from 80 cities worldwide via more than 100 chartered and commercial flights.

American team members volunteered their time in a variety of ways, including hosting special send-off celebrations at each of the departure airports, staffing the flights, assisting with activities, decking the gates with holiday decorations and providing refreshments and entertainment to make sure the Snowball Express families have an unforgettable experience each year.

American Airlines and American Eagle offer an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries.

The Gary Sinise Foundation honors America´s defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need.