Time and time again; Gary Sinise proves he’s one of the best celebrities that Hollywood has to offer.
Not only is he an extremely gifted actor, Lieutenant Dan from “Forrest Gump” also founded the Gary Sinise Foundation that specializes in helping Gold Star families and first responders.
And now his foundation continues with its philanthropic ventures; this time for injured police officers.
Sinise may not have the movie star career he once had but it doesn’t seem like it bothers the television actor in the slightest bit. Why would it when he continuously helps those less fortunate than he is all the time? There’s more honor in that than to be some gigantic movie star. Who could even argue?
One time, he gave 1,700 Gold Star families – members of fallen soldiers – a trip to Disney World in early December.
The trip was called “Snowball Express,” which was the official program of the Gary Sinise Foundation where they loaded up 15 airplanes and treated them all to an all-expense paid five-day vacation.
Sinise said, “Each one of these children who are going on these airplanes have lost a parent in military services—either combat-related or illness or unfortunately suicide sometimes. We wanna take care of these kids and make sure they know we don’t forget.”
The Academy Award nominated actor also posted a picture of him in front of a slew of American Flags, “We Remember. Each flag representing the fallen hero of over 600 families attending GarySiniseFound 2018 Snowball Express event at Walt DisneyWorld.”
Each flag representing the fallen hero of over 600 families attending @GarySiniseFound 2018 Snowball Express event at @WaltDisneyWorld
Thank you to these Gold Star families, our amazing volunteers and all who supported our event. pic.twitter.com/lr0TfBEXx6
— Gary Sinise (@GarySinise) December 12, 2018
He didn’t stop there though.
Sinise’s foundation announced on Wednesday that it would build smart homes for two police officers shot in the line of duty.
Officer Crosby was shot on April 8, 2010, while responding to a domestic disturbance call in Rock Hill, Missouri. The bullet went through his left shoulder and lodged in his spine, leaving him paralyzed.
On December 5, 2017, Officer O’Connor was shot by a burglary suspect in Arnold, Missouri, as he was transporting the man to the Arnold Police Department. Reports said the bullet struck O’Connor in the back of the head, causing brain damage and his right arm to be paralyzed.
Officer Matt Crosby of the Rock Hill Police Department in Rock Hill, Missouri, and former officer Ryan O’Connor of the Arnold Police Department in Arnold, Missouri, received calls from Sinise personally informing them both of his plan.
On the website it read, “Officers Crosby and O’Connor can look forward to a more comfortable recovery and rehabilitation process in 100% mortgage-free homes that uniquely suit their mobility and daily life needs all while fostering greater independence. Through the support and generosity of the American people, the Gary Sinise Foundation is honored to provide police officers Mathew Crosby and Ryan O’Connor and their family a specially adapted smart home to turn a new page in their recovery efforts and begin a new chapter in their lives.”
The homes are estimated to cost in the $1 million range and taxes for years will cost a pretty penny each year as well. But it looks like the Gary Sinise Foundation will pay for all of it.