Saturday, September 7th 2019, 12:44 pm - Jermaine Bell had been saving up to go to Disney's Animal Kingdom in Florida.
Jermaine Bell had his dream birthday planned out.
The 6-year-old boy was going to celebrate the occasion at the happiest place on earth.
Bell had been saving up to take his family to Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Florida.
Instead, he decided to empty out his savings and use the funds to buy hot dogs for Hurricane Dorian evacuees, who were passing through his town in Allendale, South Carolina.
Bell set up the hot dog stand along a busy intersection in Allendale on Labour Day, offering relief to those affected by doling out free chips, drinks, and hot dogs.
"The people that are traveling to other places, I wanted them to have some food to eat so they can enjoy the ride to the place that they're gonna stay at," he told CNN.
On his first day, the 6-year-old managed to serve over 100 evacuees.
Not only did Bell give the evacuees refreshments and kind words, he also offered to pray with a family whose home was affected by Dorian’s wreckage.
"I am very proud," said Bell’s grandmother, Aretha Grant. "We knew Jermaine was very special, but we didn't know he was special in this way to be such a giver like this."
Bell says he will continue to cook hot dogs all week until all the evacuees are safely back home.
As for Disney world? Bell says he’s not giving up his dream just yet – he’ll go another time.
A local community member was so touched by Bell’s act of kindness, that she set up a GoFundMe to help pay for his family’s trip.
“Yesterday, riding home from seeing family, we passed a sign posted on the highway. I didn’t know the story behind it, but I stopped and took a picture because it brought joy to my heart,” wrote Kristin Hutchins Brown in the caption.
"I wanted to be generous...I live to give," Bell said in an interview with CNN.