INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — Actor Gary Sinise says playing President Harry Truman in a movie changed his life.

Sinise was in Kansas City Thursday to receive the Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award. He said that playing Truman in a 1995 HBO film prompted him to begin working on international relief programs, including People to People in Kansas City.

People to People administers Operation International Children, an aid agency co-founded by Sinise. He received the award for those efforts and work for veterans and active military members.

Sinise on Thursday also announced a new program to send school supply kits to more than 2,500 children in Haiti. It’s part of a larger effort coordinated by the U.S. Southern Command after the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press


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