Very happy that my daughter got to cover the Snowball Express for our local paper when they came to our town. Snowball Express is a great event where American Airlines flies in families of fallen military heroes from across the country to the Dallas-Ft. Worth area for a week of fun and bonding activities for the kids. You can see the smiles on their faces as they get a big welcome from our local community. Similar events and activities take place all across the DFW metroplex.
Every day, many of the men and women of the armed forces return to their families and their civilian lives. But not every one will have that chance, and the families left behind are forever changed. Snowball Express remembers those fallen heroes who will never return, and honors the supreme sacrifice their families have made. Snowball Express serves the children who will never be reunited with their mom or dad.
Since 2006, the mission of Snowball Express has been a simple, yet profoundly important one: Provide hope and new happy memories to the children of military fallen heroes who have died while on active duty since 9/11. We bring children together from all over the world for a four-day experience filled with fun activities, like sporting events, dances, amusement parks and more. Parents of children of the fallen often tell us that their child is reserved, withdrawn or unwilling to talk about their loss. Participating in Snowball Express changes that, making each child feel special and giving them an opportunity to share their feelings about losing something so precious, their parent.
Here is some coverage from the 2015 Snowball Express