A 6-year-old boy from South Carolina could have held out for a trip to the happiest place on Earth but instead decided to help Hurricane Dorian evacuees.
Jermaine Bell used money that was saved for a birthday trip to Disney World’s Animal Kingdom to buy hundreds of hot dogs, chips and water for people who were leaving their homes in anticipation of the storm, ABC affiliate WJBF reported.
“The people that are traveling to go to places, I wanted them to have some food to eat, so they can enjoy the ride to the place that they’re going to stay at,” Bell told the TV station.
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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 in one day and has served even more people since then.
“I am very proud,” his grandmother Aretha Grant told CNN. “We knew Jermaine was very special, but we didn’t know he was special in this way to be such a giver like this.”
Bell told media outlets that he plans to keep serving all week until evacuees are safely back at home. Then, when the hurricane is over, he hopes he can celebrate his 7th birthday, which falls on Sept. 8.
Disney Cruise Line announced Tuesday that it was donating $1 million in cash and support to help hurricane relief and recovery efforts in the Bahamas. The storm ravaged the island as a Category 5 hurricane, leaving at least 20 dead.
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