Jermaine Bell saved up for more than a year to go to Disney World, but when the 7-year-old Jacksonville boy found out people were evacuating for Hurricane Dorian he figured the money could go to better use.
He tells our news partner Action News Jax he was visiting his grandmother in South Carolina when he got the idea to buy hot dogs, chips and drinks for people driving through the small town to get away from the coast. Jermaine says he didn’t sell the items, he gave them away.
“We saw that Hurricane Dorian was coming to the United States, and I was like ‘people won’t have this, people wont have that,’” he tells Action News Jax.
His story went viral and people started donating money so he could go to Disney anyway. But his birthday was Sunday, and he got an even bigger surprise.
A bunch of Disney characters showed up to give him a VIP trip to the park that will take place later this month.
“When I saw everything, and Mickey Mouse and my presents I was just so happy,” Jermaine says.
He tells Action News Jax that he plans to use the money people raised for him to go to Disney World on care packages for people in the Bahamas, where people were hit the hardest by Dorian.