DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A beloved Christmas tradition in Dallas has been saved by a generous donation from who parade organizers are calling “a Christmas angel.”
Officials say the mysterious savior of the parade is expected to reveal themselves Friday, after organizers say they stepped up earlier this week.
The parade had been struggling to stay afloat after Children’s Health decided to withdraw its sponsorship.
The parade’s executive director Jeffery Giles says they got an email Sunday night from the mysterious benefactor.
She promised they would “do whatever it takes to get the parade down the street.”
Very simply felt like that they needed to come to the rescue of their neighbors in Texas,” Giles said of the email. “I’m pretty sure I woke up the neighborhood I screamed so loud.”
Giles says the woman is part of a company that has its headquarters in North Texas.
“It was just so exciting. There’s that moment, and I liken it to Christmas morning when you open the one thing you never thought you’d ever get, and it was like that for me. It was extraordinary,” said Giles.
She’s chosen not to reveal her identity before tomorrow because pieces still needed to be put in place.
The Holiday Parade has been working diligently to raise funds that are still needed. It’s not clear yet whether this woman or her company will pay those remaining costs, or take on the parade sponsorship.
As of now, the parade is on for December 2. Almost 2,000 tickets have already been sold.