6-Year-Old South Carolina Boy Uses Birthday Money He Was Saving for Trip to Disney World to Help Hurricane Dorian Evacuees

Jermaine Bell, 6, used his birthday money to buy hundreds of hot dogs and serve them for free to Hurricane Dorian evacuees passing through their South Carolina town. | HLN

A 6-year-old boy from South Carolina used the money he’d saved for a trip to Disney World to help Hurricane Dorian evacuees, offering food, water, and prayers to those fleeing the deadly storm. 

Jermaine Bell, who will be celebrating his 7th birthday on Sept. 8, 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 ahead of the storm, ABC affiliate WJBF reports.

“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,” he told the TV station. “I wanted to be generous and live to give.”

Jermaine stood on the highway holding two handcrafted signs to get the attention of people driving out of the city. In just one day, he served 100 evacuees and has served even more people since then, according to CNN.

In addition to physical assistance, the child offered spiritual help to those displaced by Dorian: “Want me to pray for you?” he asked.

Jermaine’s grandmother, Aretha Grant, who helped him pass out food, shared how her grandson prayed over evacuees.

“He actually even prayed for a family while they were here in reference to their house being OK when they got back, so that was really tear dropping,” she said.

“They weren’t able to take everything,” she said of those displaced by the storm. “So just 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 and get out of it.”

Jermaine told reporters that when Hurricane Dorian is over, he hopes his birthday celebration can continue.

He said he’s still planning to “go [to] Animal Kingdom and see lots of lions and have a Lion King party,” he said.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett

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