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Six-Year-Old Boy Uses Birthday Money to Buy Food for Storm Evacuees

He had been saving up for a trip to Disney, but when he saw people fleeing the hurricane, he had a better idea.


Six-year-old Jermaine Bell of Allendale, SC has a birthday coming up. He has saved up money for a trip to Disney World with plans to visit Animal Kingdom to see "a lot of lions."

When people began evacuating Bell's hometown to flee the potential devastation of Hurricane Dorian, he thought of a better use for the money. Instead of taking the Disney trip, he decided to purchase food to hand out to coastal evacuees when they traveled through his town.

With the help of his Grandma, Bell set up two handwritten signs along Highway 125 so that people would see him. He wore a handmade plastic apron with the words "Free Food" written on it. On Labor Day, the youngster handed out free hot dogs, chips, water and prayers to over 100 people who were fleeing the coast. According to CNN , he has served "a lot" more since then.

(Source: JustElle Creech Facebook )

"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," Bell told WJBF .

(Source: WJBF-TV )

Bell's Grandma, Aretha Grant, praised the boy's generosity and kind spirit.

"We knew Jermaine was very special, but we didn't know he was special in this way to be such a giver like this." - Aretha Grant

(Source: Daniel Latimer Facebook )

Jermaine plans to keep handing out food for the rest of the week, until evacuees are safely back home. He hasn't fully cancelled his plans to go to Disney, he says he'll just go another time. For now, he'll celebrate his birthday by helping others.

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