Happy birthday indeed!
Jermaine Bell got the surprise of a lifetime Sunday – his seventh birthday – after Mickey Mouse and Disney World cast members arrived at his Jacksonville home to thank him for helping Hurricane Dorian victims.
The boy had saved up for a year to visit Animal Kingdom in Orlando but instead used the money to help those fleeing the storm.
Disney rewarded his grand gesture with a grand gesture of its own.
As Dorian ravaged the Bahamas as a Category 5 hurricane last week, Jermaine, who was visiting his grandmother in South Carolina, bought hundreds of hot dogs, bags of chips and bottled water. Standing on the highway holding signs to get the attention of people driving out of the city, he served the food to hurricane evacuees.
His story was picked up nationally.
In a video posted Monday by Disney, Jermaine, dressed in a Lion King T-shirt that reads “future king,” was treated to a Lion King-themed cake, Mickey Mouse balloons and stuffed animals as Mickey “and his gang” sang “Happy Birthday.”
Mickey’s birthday gift to Jermaine? A VIP Disney getaway for him and his family this month.
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SOURCE: USA Today; Florida Today, Jennifer Sangalang