Snowball Express Lands at D/FW Airport - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Snowball Express Lands at D/FW Airport

Charity benefits kids of fallen military personnel



    The Snowball Express lands at DFW Airport. (Published Friday, Dec. 10, 2010)

    by Bruce Felps

    As charitable efforts go, and most go in the right direction, this one’s up there near the top.

    Snowball Express works to help ease the pain of parental loss for kids whose mother or father died in active U.S. Armed Forces duty since Sept. 11, 2001.

    More than 1,300 of those kids and surviving spouses arrived at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Thursday after being ferried here by American Airlines, which serves as the official airline of Snowball Express.

    The carrier — best known in these mental parts for long, unexplained delays, canceled flights, and missed connections — departed 48 cities to bring the fractured families to Dallas for all manner of entertainment, including private performances by ventriloquist Terry Fator, the first winner of NBC-TV's "America's Got Talent," and actor Gary Sinise and his Lt. Dan Band.

    Of course, it’s all free — travel, hotels, all of it — for the families, and that’s all good.

    Bruce Felps owns and operatesEast Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He wondered why Snowball Express and American Airlines would bring this event to Dallas-Fort Worth. Oh, right … hub. He’s a little slow sometimes.