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‘Forrest Gump’ Star Gary Sinise Flies Kids Of Fallen US Soldiers To Disney World For Christmas

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Gary Sinise, best-known for his role as Lieutenant Dan Taylor in the 1994 film adaptation of Forrest Gump, has done what may be thought of as the impossible for many children this Christmas season. Sinise flew over a thousand children to Disney World for Christmas this year whose mothers or fathers died while actively serving in the military.

There is a special non-profit organization dedicated to these kinds of families and children, called Gold Star Children. The non-profit works to raise awareness about those children surviving without their fallen parents by “utilizing film and interactive media, the current goal of Gold Star Children is to distribute the documentary film, “Gold Star Children” to every state in the U.S. and audiences around the world,” according to the official Gold Star Children website.

Over 1000 Gold Star Children travel w/ surviving parent, 1,750 in all, via @americanair to Disney World today as part of our @GarySiniseFound Snowball Express program. This charter left LAX this morning. I’ll join up in a few days. Have fun kids! We love you! pic.twitter.com/OfMEpVF1er

— Gary Sinise (@GarySinise) December 8, 2018

Sinise is well aware of this organization and decided to take this opportunity to fly out these kids to Disney World as part of a gesture from the Gary Sinise Foundation, who is focused on “honoring veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need,” as stated on the official website for the foundation.

With this being the backbone of the Gary Sinise Foundation, it’s no wonder that Sinise wanted to team up with the mission statement behind Gold Star Children and help bring smiles to thousands of children’s faces who may have lost their parent to war. The exact number of children who were flown out is 1,750 children!

Thank you @GarySiniseFound @SnowballExpress for inviting Patriot Pup! We truly loved giving back to these children whose parents have given their all for us. #NeverForgotten #SnowballExpress2018 #honor #fallen #familiesofthefallen #disney #MagicKingdom #goldstarfamily #healing pic.twitter.com/AdaZzK0prY

— American Brother (@AmerBrotherBook) December 10, 2018

Sinise calls this gift, in particular, the “Snowball Express”. This concept was first started in 2017 and Sinise himself has spoken about the gesture in recent interviews and the reason behind it all. He said:

“Each one of these children who are going on these airplanes have lost a parent in military services – either combat-related or illness or unfortunately suicide sometimes… We wanna take care of these kids and make sure they know we don’t forget.” He continued, “About 1,700 people from 15 locations across the country board the Snowball Express on their way to a 5-night vacation in Orlando, Florida,”.

Together, we're working to improve the lives of the men & women who protect & defend our country & communities. While we can never do enough for our defenders, veterans, first responders, & their loved ones who sacrifice alongside them, we can always do a little more. pic.twitter.com/yw0gPT0kjx

— Gary Sinise (@GarySinise) December 6, 2018

“The most important thing about [the Snowball Express] is that these children don’t feel alone. There’s a lot of healing and a lot of bonding and a lot of friendship that goes on that helps them through the rest of the year,” says Sinise.

He even got Santa Claus to make a special guest appearance for the children! All participating parents and guardians have agreed that this wonderful gesture was a much-needed vacation and helpful healing process.

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Ohana means family and this group right here really is the best Ohana I could have❤️ (just a few pics from the best weekend of my life) #snowballexpress2018 #snowball2018 #garysinise #garysinisefoundation

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Dolly Parton Breaks Her Silence On Her Brother’s Recent Passing

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Dolly Parton’s youngest brother, Floyd Parton, died on December 6, 2018, at the age of 61. Floyd was also Dolly’s longtime songwriting partner. Floyd wrote many of her hits including “Rockin’ Years” and co-wrote “Nickels and Dimes”.

According to the Atchley Funeral Home’s website, his obituary reads, “Floyd Estel Parton, age 61 of Sevierville, passed away Thursday, December 6, 2018. A renaissance man, Floyd was a man of many talents and areas of knowledge. He was an avid outdoorsman and had an abundant knowledge of nature as well as being an incredible cook.”

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“Floyd is survived by his siblings and their spouses, Willadeene Parton, David and Kay Parton, Denver and Carolyn Parton, Dolly and Carl Dean, Bobby and Angie Parton, Stella Parton, Cassie and Greg Griffith, Randy and Deb Parton, Freida Parton, Rachel and Eric George; several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.”

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“In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to My People Senior Activity Center, 1220 W. Main Street, Sevierville, TN 37862. The family held a private service. Online condolences may be left at www.atchleyfuneralhome.com.”

Dolly’s Statement About The Passing About Her Brother

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— Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) December 11, 2018

Dolly finally broke her silence about her brother’s death on Tuesday, December 11, 2018. She posted a statement on social media that said, “Dolly, and the entire Parton Family, wish to thank everyone for their kindness. Yesterday, we laid our sweet baby brother to rest. We all sang his lovely song, ‘Rockin’ Years,’ together as a family at the service to say goodbye to him. He lived a short life of love and beautiful songs.”

The statement also asked for fans to honor Floyd’s memory by donating to My People Senior Activity Center in Sevierville, Tennessee. Many fans sent Dolly and her family supportive, loving messages.

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Dolly will receive the 2019 MusiCares Person Of The Year award in February. She is also set to perform at the show on February 8, 2019. Dolly will receive this award not only for her achievements in country music but her many charitable contributions over the years as well. She is the first country music star to receive this award. Will you be watching?

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Please SHARE with your friends and family who love Dolly Parton and send Dolly and her family your thoughts and prayers after the passing of her brother Floyd! Watch the video of Dolly singing one of the songs that Floyd wrote, “Rockin’ Years”. Do you remember this song?

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Jimmy Dean Recalls Their Sausage After Metal Parts Are Found In Meat

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29,000 pounds of Jimmy Dean sausage is being recalled after metal parts were found in the frozen sausage links. Five people in the United States called the U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service to report that they found some metal pieces in the frozen sausages.

Although the metal pieces have only been found in a small number of packages, Jimmy Dean has decided to recall 29,000 pounds of the frozen sausages just to be safe. The recalled product is called the “Heat ‘n Serve” pork and turkey links. Jimmy Dean says that consumers have found “small, string-like fragments of metal in the product”.

Find Out All The Details Of The Recall

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The statement from Jimmy Deans also said, “Though the fragments have been found in a very limited number of packages, out of an abundance of caution, CTI is recalling 29,028 pounds of product. Jimmy Dean is closely monitoring this recall and working with CTI to assure proper coordination with the USDA.” How do you think that small metal pieces got into some of the sausage links?

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No injuries or illnesses have been reported in connection with the recall. Sounds like people saw the metal pieces before they ate the product. Look in your freezer for 23.4-ounce pouches of “Jimmy Dean Heat ’n Serve Original Sausage Links Made with Pork & Turkey” with an expiration date of Jan. 31, 2019, the case code A6382168, and a timestamp range of 11:58 through 01:49, according to USDA. No other Jimmy Deans products are currently recalled.

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If you find any of these products in your freezer, throw them out immediately or take them back to the store for a full refund. Do you ever eat or purchase Jimmy Dean sausage? What do you think about another recall? No word on how metal pieces got into these sausages in the first place.

Where The Recalled Sausages Were Distributed In The United States

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According to the statement on Jimmy Dean’s website, “After initially being sent to a distribution center in Tennessee, this product was distributed to the following states: Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.”

Please SHARE with your friends and family who regularly purchase these products to keep them safe so they can throw them out! Let anyone know who loves eating Jimmy Dean products because of their convenience and taste.

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Dan’s New Love Interest On ‘The Conners’ Post-Roseanne Has Been Confirmed

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Katey Sagal, formerly known as the matriarch from TV sitcom Married… with Children, has been confirmed as a love interest for John Goodman’s character, Dan Conner. Rumors had been circulating that with Sagal’s appearance on the show, she might be a potential love interest for Dan after the death of Roseanne on the show.

Sagal appears in one episode of the show as a former classmate of Dan’s returning to Lanford after failing to secure a spot in the music industry. It became obvious that Sagal’s character could be a permanent love interest when one scene depicted her obviously flirting with Dan and then later on when Dan sits down with Sagal’s character to address her interest in him.

#theconners I am online in 5 min saying hi. Can't wait to connect with everyone! pic.twitter.com/UlqGxJwAx0

— Katey Sagal (@KateySagal) December 12, 2018

Dan says “I’m still in love with my wife,” as he twists his wedding band on his ring finger when addressing Sagal’s character’s interest. Despite this uncertainty from Dan, it doesn’t completely rule out a potential long-term relationship.

We originally reported a few weeks ago that Katey Sagal would be joining The Conners cast, but it was not confirmed what sort of role she would be playing in the show. While it has been confirmed that her character is indeed a love interest for Dan, it has not been confirmed if she will be joining for multiple episodes.

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How will we know if Katey Sagal returns to The Conners?

Katey Sagal returning for more episodes with The Conners cast ultimately depends on if the show gets renewed for a second season. The season finale took place just last night and nothing has been confirmed as to whether the show will be picked up for a new season. However, ratings from the finale episode detect a 5.26% increase in viewership.

While this is good news, much of the ratings from past episodes have been in the negatives, so it’s hard to predict if the show will be renewed or not. With this being said, the average viewership ratings for this season came out to only 7.6 million as viewership continually declined throughout the season.

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Whether or not the show gets picked up for a second season or not, it’s definitely a nice thought to give John Goodman’s character a love interest as he takes a back seat for most of the season, allowing his daughters to carry the show.

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See Photos Of The Futuristic Home Where Elvis And Priscilla Presley Stayed On Their Honeymoon

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If you have a couple million dollars to spare, you could purchase the home where Elvis and Priscilla Presley stayed on their honeymoon. It has been called the “House of Tomorrow” for its futuristic decor. The home was built in 1960 in Palm Springs, California.

Elvis lived there for about a year before he married Priscilla on May 1, 1967. At first, they planned to get married at the spacious home, but Elvis’ neighbor, gossip columnist Rona Barrett, found out and got the press to show up at the door.

The Story Of Elvis And Priscilla’s Wedding

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So, instead of getting married in the home, they borrowed Frank Sinatra’s plane, flew to Las Vegas, and got married in the private suite of the owner of the Aladdin Casino, Milton Prell. They flew back to the home for their honeymoon but moved shortly after to get away from the press.

More Photos Of The Unique Home

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The home has a really unique architectural structure. It has four intersecting wings that make up the entire home. Many of the rooms are also different shapes than a normal home. The living room is round and has a fireplace, rock wall, and floor-to-ceiling windows.

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The entire room overlooks the gorgeous pool. The fireplace is very unique and looks more like a bonfire that you would have outdoors. The kitchen has a round stove and exhaust hood which makes it the central focus point of the room. Somehow the decor in the home looks both futuristic and retro.

How Much Is It Listed For Right Now?

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The master bedroom, or Elvis and Priscilla’s honeymoon suite, was also round and filled with windows. The current owner has lots of pictures and items of Elvis and Priscilla around. The 5,000 square foot home has five bedrooms and five bathrooms.

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It also has a pool, fountains, beautiful landscaping, and views of Mt. San Jacinto. It is currently listed for $2.695 million. What do you think about the pool at night with the stunning view of California palm trees?

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What do you think about the photos? Can you picture Elvis and Priscilla living here? Would you want to live here if you could? Check out a video tour of the home below!

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See 17 Rarely-Shared Photos Of A Young Carrie Fisher

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Carrie Frances Fisher was a well-known American actress who was best-known for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars films, which landed her multiple award nominations. She also dabbled in voice acting, writing, and comedy in her time here on Earth until she passed away in 2016 from a heart attack.

She was born in 1956 and got her start in acting fairly early at the age of 18. She was born to Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, two actors and singers, who certainly gave Carrie the proper connections to getting started in the film business. Here are 17 exclusive photos of a younger Carrie Fisher.

1. A baby Carrie Fisher

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A photo of baby Carrie Fisher, presumably being held by her mother, Debbie Reynolds.

2. Teenage Carrie and mom, Debbie

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A photo of a teenage Carrie Fisher with her stylist mom, Debbie Reynolds!

3. Young Carrie with mom and brother

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A photo featuring a toddler Carrie Fisher with her mother, Debbie, and her brother, Todd.

4. One of the early headshots

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This is one of the earliest headshots of Carrie Fisher as she starts her acting career!

5. Young Carrie Fisher stars in Irene

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A headshot of Fisher starring in the film Irene in 1973.

6. Carrie Fisher in the film Shampoo

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A still from a movie called Shampoo that Carrie Fisher starred in, circa 1975.

7. Carrie takes up modeling

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A young, beautiful Carrie Fisher takes up some modeling! She’s a natural.

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