Families of fallen soldiers given all-expense paid holiday trip

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Nearly 2,000 families of our fallen heroes are on an all-expense paid getaway to Dallas with the Snowball Express.

Almost 100 husbands, wives and children left from the Nashville International Airport Sunday morning with a huge send off.

“He was in the Army, he loved golf. Christmas was his favorite holiday,” Makayla Adkins told News 2.

For many families, December is a month they would rather skip over on the calendar. Santa brings back memories not easily forgotten and reminds them of those not with us anymore.

Sheila Good knows what it’s like to spend the holidays without her son. Sgt. First Class Charles Adkins was killed in Afghanistan in 2011.

“This was supposed to be his last tour. God had another plan,” Good said before boarding the plane.

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Snowball Express, a national non-profit, does what it can to bring holiday joy to the families of the fallen servicemen.

“My son was my only child, now; these are my children, my grandchildren. Holidays are never the same for me.”

Volunteers stepped up in a big way with music and mascots before sending the group off for their trip.

“It is very cool, very cool. I guess American Airlines is doing this for the kids. It kind of touches your heart to see what they are doing, it is very sweet,” Doug and Kelly Turner said passing by the event.

Sgt. First Class Adkins’ children say being around others with something, unfortunately, in common helps.

“Everybody shares something in common because, like, we all have lost someone important to them,” said Makayla.

The trip does not cost them a dime and Sheila believes it helps take away some of the pain this holiday season.

For more information about the Snowball Express, click here.

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Photo: WKRN