- Associated Press - Friday, May 6, 2011

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

Sinise, the star of CBS’ “CSI: NY,” was in Kansas City Thursday to receive the Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award. He says 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 also announced a new program to send school supply kits to more than 2,500 children in Haiti as part of a larger effort coordinated by the U.S. Southern Command after the 2010 earthquake.