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Boy Surprised with Dream Walt Disney World Trip After Using His Vacation Money to Feed Hurricane Evacuees

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

Six-year-old Jermaine Bell of Jacksonville, Fla., spent more than a year saving money for an upcoming birthday trip to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. However, Hurricane Dorian changed Jermaine’s plans in a big way. Millions of people have since been inspired by the story of this little boy’s selfless act of compassion.    

Six-year-old Jermaine BellSurprised with Dream Walt Disney World Trip

As the hurricane approached the South Carolina coast, Jermaine emptied his piggy bank and bought hundreds of hot dogs, bags of chips and bottled water. He served them free of charge to hurricane evacuees who passed through the South Carolina town where he was visiting his grandmother.  

On Sunday, Sept. 8, Jermaine celebrated his seventh birthday, when Mickey Mouse and a group of Walt Disney World cast members made a surprise visit to tell Jermaine that he and his family are going to Walt Disney World Resort after all. The family will enjoy a VIP getaway at the vacation kingdom later this month.  

Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for more coverage of the boy’s visit. 

Photos taken at Encore Resort at Reunion.


  • Amazing!!!! This just made my Friday. Way to go Jermaine.

  • This gives me hope for this world.

  • Way to go Jermaine!! I know your friends and family are so proud of you for putting others first and for showing us all how to help care for those around us! Wishing you a very magical birthday and hoping you have an amazing time at Disney!! Thanks Disney for making his dream come true!

  • Thank you Jermaine for showing us what selfless kindness looks like! Thank you Disney for recognizing this young humanitarian!

  • Way to go, Jermaine! Thanks to Disney for making his birthday dreams come true!

  • Congratulations, Jermaine! As someone who lives not to far from that “small town”, I first heard about the story from our local news and my local friends all over facebook!! I’m so glad to see that your awesome act of kindness has spread across the country into Disney’s ears and that you finally get your dream!! You deserve it!!! Have fun!!

  • Congratulations Jermaine and parents. Great Job. Enjoy your magical getaway. And thank you to Disney Parks on recognizing Jermaine’s kindness. Keep up the great work.

  • Congratulations Jermaine! He’s holding the cake pops we made for him!

  • Makes your heart grow just thinking of this sweetie!
    Congratulations Jermaine!

  • Way to go, Jermaine, for showing a selfless act of kindness towards others. Your integrity is a wonderful virtue. Best wishes for your future and your magical trip.

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