El Paso families of fallen military heroes receive free trips to Disney World

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For families of fallen military heroes, the holidays can be a very challenging time — that’s why the Gary Sinise Foundation’s “Snowball Express” program is giving them the chance to make memories with others who truly understand their loss.

“It gives us an opportunity to show our thanks and add a little light and cheer,” Darin Anthes of American Airlines said. 

Volunteers from the foundation and American Airlines came together Saturday morning to send nearly 20 El Paso families off on a free five-day trip to the “happiest place on Earth” — Disney World.

“It helps us a lot through the holidays because it’s very hard…we had lost two family members my son and my husband nine months apart,” Jennifer Davis told KTSM.

The program aims to provide support to the families and help guide them through the grieving process by making positive memories with others in the local community.

“Being in the military community, they’ve been very supportive,” Davis said, “they’re a second family to us and without them I would be very, very lost.”

Nearly 2,000 people from 87 cities around the world participated in the 13th annual Snowball Express event.

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