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PSA Airlines Team Members Support Snowball Express in Dayton

PSA Airlines Team Members Support Snowball Express in Dayton

On Saturday, Dec. 8 PSA Airlines team members in Dayton were honored to volunteer to support the American Airlines 13th Annual Snowball Express. The event, which is a program of the Gary Sinise Foundation, brings more than 1700 children of the fallen and their surviving guardians to Orlando, Florida, for five days of fun and fellowship.

As the official airline of the Snowball Express program, American transporting the families from 80 cities worldwide via more than 100 chartered and commercial flights. One of those flights was operated by PSA, departing from Dayton International Airport. Team members provided gift bags for family members who had a proper sendoff including greetings by station personnel, a marching band and the chance to meet Disney characters before boarding the aircraft.

The annual Snowball Express event 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 they visit Disneyland. From that letter, Snowball Express was created to bring together the children and surviving spouses of fallen U.S. military heroes for a healing retreat. In 2017, it was announced the annual event would officially become a program of the Gary Sinise Foundation.

During their trip, families not only visit Disney World, they also have 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.