Make way for the Snowball Express
Annual event honors children and families of fallen servicemen and women

Every December, as many as 2,000 children, teenagers and their families gather in Dallas/Fort Worth for an extended weekend of fun and socializing. Though they come from all over the country and even international locations to participate in Snowball Express, these children all have one very important thing in common: each one has lost a parent on active duty.

Now in its ninth year, Snowball Express brings together families of post-9/11 fallen military members for an all-expenses-paid trip to create new memories and provide much-needed support.

As the official airline and presenting sponsor for Snowball Express, American Airlines is honored to provide charter and commercial transportation for participants. Nearly 150 American pilots and flight attendants donate their duty time to charter flights for families to and from Dallas/Fort Worth for the five-day-long event. Crews dress up and deck the halls of each aircraft with holiday decorations, and American employees throw a send-off party at each departure airport, bringing in costumed characters, games and treats for the children aged five-to-18.

Once the families arrive in Dallas/Fort Worth, they’re able to partake in fun and camaraderie at various locations around north Texas. Past years have included trips to the Fort Worth Zoo, the Fort Worth Stockyards and Six Flags Over Texas. Snowball families have also attended and participated in shows by the USO Show Troupe, magician and speaker David Hira, actor Gary Sinise and his Lt. Dan Band and other entertainers.

The events, however, aren’t purely for fun. The weekend is also a time for the families to support each other, share their grief and celebrate their accomplishments after suffering a devastating loss.

This year’s Snowball Express will include a trip to Dallas’ Perot Museum of Nature and Science, a screening of Annie and a talent show. Gary Sinise and his Lt. Dan Band will perform for their eighth year, an annual highlight of the weekend. Plus, David Hira will return to be the MC for many of the weekend’s evening events, as well as the closing night’s Grand Finale Show.

The weekend also includes the annual ‘Walk of Gratitude,’ a procession that allows members of the Dallas/Fort Worth community to cheer for the children and their families and honor the sacrifice their husbands, wives, moms and dads have made.

How you can help

American Airlines is proud to provide ways you can contribute to this and other events that assist children and honor our nation’s servicemen and women.

Donate your unused AAdvantage® miles to Miles for All Who Serve, benefiting organizations such as the USO and Airpower Foundation, or Miles for Kids in Need, benefiting events like Snowball Express and organizations such as the United States Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation and Mercy Medical.
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