Trucker’s generosity saves Christmas parade for Florida kids

| 12/10/2008

In Ocala, FL, 60 students from Dr. N.H. Jones Elementary School dressed up as elves and fairies for the annual Christmas parade through downtown. But the tractor that was supposed to pull their float broke down at the last minute.

The parents had seen Santa Claus go by, which usually signals the end of the parade.

That was when Adam Heinemann – who owns a tree service and normally pulls a flatbed with his GMC tractor – volunteered to hitch up the students’ “Magic Hollow” float.

Not only did the kids participate in the parade, but they also won first place in the youth division for their float.

The Ocala Star-Banner quoted one grateful parent as saying Heinemann was a lifesaver, their own “Christmas miracle." And one parade organizer said, “He was our hero.”