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Snowball Express

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Services, Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: Honor America’s fallen military service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice since 9/11 by humbly serving the families they left behind. Champion their children’s future success by creating opportunities for joy, friendship, education, and communal healing, by connecting these families to one another.

Target demographics: the children of America's fallen military heroes

Geographic areas served: communities accross america

Programs: During the year Snowball Express hosts families of our fallen military heroes at many community events across the nation, providing them an opportunity to stay connected throughout the year. Each December we host the largest gathering in the world of children and families of fallen military. During our annual program held in ft worth, Texas, we bring together nearly 1,800 children and surviving spouses of our fallen military heroes. We plan and design events that enabled these children to meet other children just like them, make new friends, and we provided an opportunity for communal healing by connecting these families together. Over the 5 days in Texas, we host events throughout the community that connected the children and widows/widowers, and we also provided the public an opportunity to show their gratitude to these families for the tremendous sacrifices they have made for our freedom. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- highlights of our events: a welcome event to honor the families in ft worth, tx with a public walk of gratitude, a day at the movies and perot museum of nature and science, an evening at the fort worth joint reserve base, with a special performance to honor the families by gary sinise and the lt. Dan band, and a special show performed by shows in a box. We also provided educational and inspirational opportunities. In addition to the bonding that occurs during the events, we designed special rooms and family lounges that enabled both children and adults to relax each evening, connect, share with one another, and bond in a wonderful atmosphere. We also provide a family resource room at the hotel where we invite support organizations to meet with the families. The family resource room was designed to provide special support services to the families,and an opportunity to connect with these services. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------vet center counseling services: on-site at the hotel and mobile van at every off-site event (the mobile van traveled to each event and was available for counseling services if needed any time of the day) veterans administration: burial expenses, markers, headstones, death pensions, educational assistance (va, special needs, gi bill, etc), champva (health care), life insurance and any other va programs or applications for programs. Survivor outreach services: non-government volunteer group that helps with all of the above, plus financial investment counseling from experts gold star spouses: the primary mission of gsw is to provide service, support and friendship to the widows and widowers of military personnel who died on active duty or as the result of a service connected cause. Id cards and dependent enrollment: the vital item required to enter all of the above service related benefit programs. Probably our busiest unit, they were able to assist families with enrollment families and produced nearly 100 id cards. We also have members of the tragedy assistance program for survivors (t. A. P. S. ) present at every event. Taps certified grief counselors provide comfort and care through comprehensive services and programs including peer based emotional support, case work assistance, connections to community-based care, and grief and trauma resources.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have hosted a number of events with Snowball Express and found them to very professional and all about the purpose. From planning meetings to gathering volunteers, they are well connected and always hit their mark when establishing goals. No one says no when asked to volunteer for Snowball Express!

The purpose of caring and providing for families of lost soldiers is a noble cause and I am proud to be a part of it!

Advisor

Rating: 5

It has been my honor and privilege to be a member and proud volunteer since our humble beginnings in 2006 in California. What started out as a fledgling movement to recognize the families of our fallen has blossomed into a life changing experience for these families as well as all of the many volunteers, corporations and donators. I am humbled that what we have accomplished is no less than a miracle for these brave souls who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the loss of their loved one. May God bless us with the resources to continue our mission. We are blessed to have American Airlines as our presenting sponsor. Please visit our website, www.snowballexpress.org and see how you would like to contribute your time, treasure or talent to helping Snowball Express succeed in bringing hope, new memories and new friendships to these families. Please also read of our mini Snowflakes that occur all year through in the towns and cities where our families live. God Bless you and God Bless America as we celebrate yet another July 4th enjoying our freedom. Story, in 2006 I apologized to several of our moms as to the fact that it poured rain for several hours at the Oakley Christmas party causing all to take cover inside. Their comment, "Trisha, that was not rain but tears of joy that Snowball Express was taking care of their loved ones." That is the essence and heart of Snowball Express. Trisha /SBE Advisory Board Member/Snowflake Coordinator,proud volunteer 2006 to present