ORLANDO — Jermaine Bell got his Disney wish after all.
After using the money he’d saved for a trip to the Florida theme parks to buy food for Hurricane Dorian evacuees, Disney magic makers surprised Bell with a free vacation.
Bell’s original plans to visit Disney were dashed when Dorian struck the Carolinas. Staying with his grandmother in Allendale, South Carolina, he spent what money he’d been saving for a trip to the theme parks on hundreds of hot dogs, chips, and water to feed evacuees for free.
It was meant to be a trip to celebrate his 7th birthday. He didn’t give up on his dream entirely. He just knew that giving back took priority.
“I just wanted to be generous,” said Bell.
It seems Mickey took notice. Less than a week after closing up his hurricane hot dog stand, Disney employees showed up outside of an interview with “Good Morning America” to deliver his gift in person. He even got a hug from the Mouse himself.
“When Mickey came out, I was just really happy,” he said in a video from Disney.
Bell and his family were scheduled to visit the Orlando parks sometime later in September, when he’s not in school, but knowing he helped hundreds of people makes it worth the wait.
“Be strong, and if you do good things, you will be rewarded,” he said.