Conservative actress Patricia Heaton has sparked a much-needed debate on the internet ahead of Time naming its person of the year on Tuesday.
Time's short list included people like Robert Mueller, Christine Blasey Ford, migrant families at the U.S-Mexico border, and more.
What did Heaton say?
In response, Heaton tweeted, "Hey @TIME, why isn't @GarySinise ever on the Person of the Year list? Hey @TheAcademy, why isn't he ever picked for the #jeanhersholt humanitarian award? He raises $30M a year to build homes for wounded vets along with his #goldstarfamily support. Retweet!"
Hey @TIME , why isn't @GarySinise ever on the Person of the Year list? Hey @TheAcademy , why isn't he ever picked for the #jeanhersholt humanitarian award? He raises $30M a year to build homes for wounded vets along with his #goldstarfamily support. Retweet! https://t.co/pj7BGEN7Ds
— Patricia Heaton (@PatriciaHeaton) December 10, 2018
Sinise, an award-winning actor, and his foundation — the Gary Sinise Foundation — kicked off a program called the "Snowball Express" in 2017, which ferries Gold Star families off to Disney World for Christmas.
The organization's website specifically points out that the event is intended to cater to "the children of fallen military heroes."
The foundation sent about 1,750 children to Disney World this month — a story that's been making the rounds on conservative-leaning media (but hardly anywhere else) for the last several weeks.
What does the Sinise Foundation do?
The Gary Sinise Foundation's mission is to "serve our nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need," including by building homes for wounded veterans.
The foundation does this by "creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and build communities."
The foundation's mission statement adds:
Freedom and security are precious gifts that we, as Americans, should never take for granted. We must do all we can to extend our hand in times of need to those who willingly sacrifice each day to provide that freedom and security. While we can never do enough to show gratitude to our nation's defenders, we can always do a little more.
(H/T: The Daily Wire)