A Message From Francis "Buck" Kern

Program Director, Snowball Express

September 11, 2001 changed our world forever and also changed the lives of many American military families. Over the past decade true American Heroes, the men and women of the United States Military and their families, have made and continue to make extraordinary sacrifices to protect our freedom. These American Heroes who were the father or mother of the children we serve have paid the ultimate price for our freedom. America is forever in their debt. The children and spouses that these heroes leave behind have paid perhaps the very highest price for our freedom and we are eternally grateful.

To the public:

Today, many of our service members are returning home and are being reunited with their families. We must remember however that many families will never be reunited with their hero. Many members of the military made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and their children will never be reunited with their dad or mom.

We must not only vow to never forget these military heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, but we must never forget the children of our fallen heroes. These children and their surviving parent have paid a very high price for our freedom and they continue to sacrifice as they live each day without their hero. Our mission at Snowball Express is to serve these children at our annual Snowball Express event and throughout the years.

To our Snowball Express Families:

We give you a solemn promise; we will forever honor the memory of your hero and never forget the sacrifice that they made for this great nation, and we will never forget your children and you and the tremendous sacrifices you continue to make each and every day.

We will work to create hope and wonderful new memories for your children. We will show them that they are not alone, make them feel special, and help them heal.

I look forward to working with all of our amazing sponsors and volunteers this year and I am very excited and honored to be able to work with our wonderful Snowball Express families. Together, let’s make 2017 a spectacular year!

We Honor
SGT Deforest Talbert, USA SPC Russell Madden, USA PO1 Robert Vetter, USN SGT Wesley Durden Jr, USA MAJ Cesar Freitas, USMC 1STLT Benjamin Colgan, USA LT Patrick Myrick, USN WO1 Shawn Thomas, USA PO2 Bertillus Mark, USN CW02 Christopher Thibodeau, USA MAJ Scott Hagerty, USA SPC David Ladart, USA SGT John Culp, USA PO1 Richard Kormanik, USN SFC Dennis Murray, USA SSG Lyle Turnbull, USA SGT Alejandro Dominguez, USA SPC Eric Hobson, USA SGT Gene Lamie, USA CWO3 Sean Deck, USN CWO4 Clifford Branson, USA PO1 Peter Grzybek, USN MSGT Joshua Gavulic, USAF SGT Louie Ramos Velazquez, USA SSGT Raymond Briggs, USAF
As One of Our Fallen Heroes

Serving the children of our fallen military heroes Snowball Express Could Use Your Help!