On Saturday, December 7, LCC Kare 9 Military Minstry Dog Hope (Faith Lutheran - Marietta, Georgia) and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Luke (Christ the Shepherd - Alpharetta, Georgia) were honored to be part of Snowball Express sponsored by the Gary Sinise Foundation and American Airlines.
More than 1,700 family members of fallen service men and women met in airports across the country to celebrate a "Winter Wonderland" theme that climaxed with an all-expenses-paid four-day vacation to Walt Disney World. At the American Airlines gates at Atlanta's Hartsfield Airport Hope and Luke Comfort Doga greeted and loved on 39 Gold Star kids and their parents.
Santa Claus, Disney characters, a magician, and the Patriot Guard Riders joined in music, dancing, and an all-around fun time. As the families pushed away from the jetway to head to Orlando, 40+ volunteers, including the K-9s, lined the tarmac holding American flags and sending them off with cheers and waves.
God bless the Gary Sinise Foundation and all its supporters who have provided this special getaway annually for the past six years for children and spouses of those who have given their all in service to our nation.