Star of Everybody Loves Raymond, Patricia Heaton, suggested a particular person for Time Magazine’s Person Of The Year award on Monday night. According to Fox News, Patricia chose Mr. Gary Sinise, the actor and humanitarian perhaps most known for his portrayal of Lieutenant Dan in Tom Hanks’ Forrest Gump.
“Hey, Time, why isn’t Gary Sinise ever on the Person of the Year list,” Heaton wrote on social media, also sending a tweet to The Academy which asked why Gary was never considered for the Jean Hersholt humanitarian award.
According to Patricia, Gary would make a great candidate considering he raises approximately $30,000,000 per year to help build homes for wounded veterans as well as families in need of financial support.
Since then, Heaton’s choice became widely favored online, with around 30,000 people sharing her opinion. One person wrote, “Preach it, sister!” Others wrote in, stating they were huge fans of the Gary Sinise Foundation.
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
Back in 2011, Gary began his foundation, Gary Sinise Foundation, a company meant to help veterans, first responders, as well as their families through a litany of different programs.
On the foundation’s website, Gary explained that he has traveled all over the world, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay, Alaska, Diego Garcia, Singapore, Korea, Okinawa, Japan, the UK, Italy, Germany, Belgium, and Kuwait for philanthropic endeavors.
On Tuesday, old-school actor and Twitter troll, James Woods, referred to Sinise as one of the “very finest civilian Americans out there.” It’s rare that James Woods tweets are referenced in a positive rather than a negative way in media reports, so it goes without saying that Gary must be a stand-up guy.
I’m taking the liberty of posting a screen grab of @GarySinise’s immediate response regarding our Navy vet’s funeral request. Honestly Gary is one of the very finest civilian Americans out there… pic.twitter.com/ZxysumSyPV
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) December 11, 2018
Previously, Sinise was awarded in 2012 by the United States Navy for being immensely supportive of the troops. The Navy acknowledged the millions of dollars Gary raised for them in several of their charities.
In a statement, Time said they were dedicated to all of the places in which democracy is threatened. The Editor-In-Chief, Edward Felsenthal, praised Sinise, but also insinuated that Trump’s administration has been “weakening institutions.” It appears as though Time Magazine will likely choose a more political candidate for next year’s list.