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6-Year-Old Boy Uses His Disney World Savings To Buy Food for Hurricane Dorian Victims

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Many people spend days leading up to their birthday finalizing their celebratory plans. Whether they’re planning on an all-out party or just dinner with family, they’re usually focused on enjoying themselves and being the center of attention.

This wasn’t the case for 6-year-old Jermaine Bell of Allendale, South Carolina.

To be sure, Bell had big plans for his birthday — which is on Sept. 8. He dreamt of a trip to Disney World, and he’d been scrimping and saving to help fund the once-in-a-lifetime trip.

According to CNN, he was especially excited to visit “Animal Kingdom and see lots of lions and have a Lion King party.”

But as Hurricane Dorian got closer and closer, forcing evacuations, Bell couldn’t help but be moved by the evacuees’ plight and decided to do something about it.

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Using his Disney World fund, Bell bought hot dogs and all the fixings, water bottles and bags of chips, and stood on the side of Highway 125 in Allendale on Labor Day to hand them out to people on their way to safety.

“Dorian Evacuees: FREE Hot Dogs & Water” his handmade sign read. Donning a plastic apron and wearing a smile, the young man handed out around 100 hot dogs on the first day alone, according to WJBF.

His reason for helping was simple and kind.

“The people that are traveling to go to other 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,” he told WTTG.

“I wanted to be generous and live to give,” he said during an interview with WTTG.

But the care didn’t stop with food, as the young man was also invested in the evacuees’ spiritual state. He offered to pray for the people who came through, too.

“He actually even prayed for a family while they were here in reference to their house being okay when they got back, so that was really tear dropping,” said Aretha Grant, Jermaine’s grandmother.

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“Knowing that they couldn’t take everything and we were able to have a house, so that’s the blessed part that he should be thankful for.”

“I am very proud,” she 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.”

Many people have tagged Disney in their comments in hopes that someone there will see Bell’s generous heart and bless the boy with the birthday trip of his dreams.

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
Austin, Texas
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English und ein bißchen Deutsch
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Faith, Animals, Cooking