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Wayne Anderson Volunteers with Snowball Express (for the 7th year)


Our Beginning:

Snowball Express started in early 2006 with a simple idea: Provide hope and new memories to the children of military fallen heroes who have died while on active duty since 9/11.
America should honor and pay tribute to the children of those military fallen heroes who have died while honorably serving since 9/11.

In December of 2006, nearly 900 family members from all across America and the world gathered in Southern California for an unforgettable holiday gathering. Kids and widows discovered they weren't alone. And they found they weren't forgotten.
It was a totally volunteer effort which came together in just a few months to create the largest all-expense-paid gathering for the families of our fallen warriors since 9/11.

We are frequently asked how and why Snowball Express started. The following paragraphs will outline the beginning of the organization that started in 2006 with a simple mission, to bring hope and new memories to the children of our military heroes who had lost their life while serving our country since September 11, 2001.

The Need for Hope:

Many of our heroes made promises to their families planning for the future when they would return home. Unfortunately, while fighting for our freedom, many made the ultimate sacrifice and never came home. Snowball Express works to keep those promises alive for the children and surviving spouses or our nation’s heroes.
Creating New Memories:

In 2007, another unique event was planned for the week after Thanksgiving. This time, over 1,100 children and surviving parents attended as guests of Americans, corporations, and service groups who donated their time, money and resources to create another healing event. Nearly 400 family members attended Snowball Express for the first time. In 2008 a total of 1437 attendees came to the third annual event with over 900 children attending, many for the first time.  Children who had attended previous events rekindled friendships with children met at previous years and new children attending for the first time were mentored by those who had been before.   Emotional healing was occurring on many different levels.

American Airlines, Oakley, BP America, Quiksilver, Panda Express, Taco Bell, Hilton Anaheim, Anaheim Marriott, Sheraton Anaheim, Sheraton Park, Southwest Airlines, AirTran Airways, JetBlue Airways, Disneyland and countless other partners and sponsors, combined with thousands of volunteers in Southern California and all across America, contributed and volunteered because it was the right thing to do. Nationally recognized organizations like Ladies Auxiliary VFW, Rotary Clubs, Vietnam Veterans of America, American Legion, Patriot Guard Riders and others stepped forward to donate their resources and gifts. Other local service clubs, churches and schools also donated resources to help the cause.

American Airlines stepped up to again to be the "Official Airline of Snowball Express", with six aircraft donated for charter purposes. All pilots and flight attendants donated their time to spend the weekend with the families. American Airline employees spent thousands of man hours donating their time to make these 5 days and these charters something for these children to always remember. Other companies from all across America are also helping to show these children and our fallen heroes’ surviving spouses that they’re not forgotten and that America cares.

In 2009, 1500 attendees came to Dallas, Texas for Snowball Express IV. The event was held in Dallas for the first time and once again American Airlines stepped up to the plate, this time providing eight charter flights for our families.

The families enjoyed a day at Southfork Ranch and an evening at the Mesquite Rodeo, an interactive day at the Dallas Convention Center capped off by a concert by Jeff Senour and the CTS Band.The final day was spent at the new Cowboy's Stadium in Arlington, Texas featuring a concert by Gary Sinise and his Lt. Dan Band.

Become a part of it.

If you’re a corporation, become a sponsor. If you’re an organization, lend us your hearts to help mend those of the survivors in small towns and big cities all across America. If you’re an individual, we’ll take your dollars. One or a thousand. There are no votes in these efforts. No lobbying, no politics. No Republicans. No Democrats. Only Americans. These people died as Americans. Let’s step up as Americans and help their families. Dig deep. Please. They deserve no less. For information about Snowball Express, please contact us at or visit our website @
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