A 6-year-old boy who had been saving to go to Disney World instead spent his birthday money on food for Hurricane Dorian South Carolina evacuees.
Jermaine Bell had been saving up to go to Disney World but when Hurricane Dorian hit, he instead decided to use his birthday money to help evacuees fleeing the storm’s path.
According to WJBF-TV, Jermaine traded in his savings and bought food and opened a stand on Highway 125 in Allendale, S.C.
"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," Jermaine said.
He gave away free hot dogs, water and chips, but there was also prayer.
"I want to be generous and live to give," the 6-year-old said.
Aretha Grant, his grandmother, said that she watched him pray with a family who was worried if their house would survive the storm.
"I am very proud," she told CNN. "We knew Jermaine was very special, but we didn't know he was special in this way to be such a giver like this."
Grant also wanted her grandson to understand what a blessing it is to be able to help the evacuees.
"They weren't able to take everything. 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," said Grant.
But Jermaine, whose birthday is on Sept. 8, is optimistic and hasn't given up on his wish of going to Disney World.
"Go Animal Kingdom and see lots of lions and have a Lion King party," says Bell.
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