Boy Uses Disney Savings On Hurricane Evacuees

© Disney Jermaine Bell is surprised with a trip to Disney World after he spent his vacation money feeding Hurricane Dorian victims.

A 6-year-old boy from Jacksonville, Fla was saving his pennies so that he could enjoy a future trip to “The Most Magical Place On Earth” a.k.a Disney World. (The “Happiest Place On Earth” is the tagline for Disneyland in California.) And he could have held out for that trip but instead Hurricane Dorian happened, and this young man decided to help the evacuees while he was visiting his Grandmother in South Carolina. That is why Jermaine Bell used all the money that was saved, over the course of a year, for a birthday trip to Disney World’s Animal Kingdom; to buy hundreds of hot dogs, chips and water for people who left their homes in anticipation of the storm. “The people that are traveling to other places, I wanted them to have some food to eat so they can enjoy the ride to the place that they’re gonna stay at,” he said.


He stood on the highway holding two handcrafted signs to get the attention of people driving out of the city. According to CNN, the little hurricane helper served more than 100 evacuees on his first day and has served even more people since then. “I am very proud,” his grandmother Aretha Grant said. “We knew Jermaine was very special, but we didn’t know he was special in this way, to be such a giver like this.” Jermaine said he planned to keep serving all week until evacuees are safely back at home. And he did not give up on his Disney dreams, he hoped to be able to go another time. When the hurricane is over, he also hoped to celebrate his 7th birthday, which fell on Sunday, September 8th. That is where the story gets better.


On Sunday, as Jermaine celebrated his seventh birthday, he got a great big surprise. It came in the form of a bus with Disney art scrawled on the side. When the doors opened, Mickey Mouse, and a group of Walt Disney World cast members poured out to make a surprise visit to tell Jermaine that he and his family are going to Walt Disney World Resort after all. The family will enjoy a VIP getaway at the vacation kingdom later this month. It’s not the only way that the corporation has helped out; Disney Cruise Line announced last Tuesday that it was donating $1 million in cash and support to help hurricane relief and recovery efforts in the Bahamas.


But this young man had no knowledge that his good deed would receive a reward, in his own words, “I just wanted to be generous,” he said. All he wanted to do was help and that is why he is your Good News Story of the Day and you can find out more here and here. And that is the attitude we should all take when it comes to the seven cardinal virtues; Chastity, Temperance, Charity, Diligence, Patience, Kindness & Humility.


Story and Image from CNN and Disney.

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