ATLANTA - For the families of fallen military people, this can be a very tough time of year.
Thursday, hundreds of such children and spouses went on a special holiday trip thanks to a special program called Snowball Express.
From creating beautiful ornaments to sharing wishes with Santa, hundreds of children are experiencing some special joy during this holiday. All have lost a parent in the military within the past 12 years.
Jordan Prince's dad died in 2005 in Iraq. Jordan is part of the group getting to go to Dallas for a few days of fun thanks to a partnership between Snowball Express and American Airlines.
"I feel like they appreciate our parents and the sacrifice they made," Price said.
Channel 2's Carol Sbarge caught up with the families before they took off from Hartsfield Jackson International Airport. The flight took off at 2:43 p.m.
It's a four-day holiday adventure for families who have paid the ultimate price. Some of the families have been enjoying the Snowball Express for years.
"Our kids get to grow up together and know each other, and they get to know there is someone who feels the same way that they do," said parent Caysshi David.
Various sponsors in addition to American Airlines are helping with the Snowball Express trip.
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