JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A 7-year-old Florida boy made national headlines when he emptied his savings to help feed hurricane evacuees. Now Mickey is paying it forward.
Jermaine Bell saved for a year to visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom, but when he saw the terrifying storm, he decided to use his trip money to buy hundreds of hot dogs, chips and bottled water for evacuees. He had been visiting his grandmother in South Carolina at the time.
Florida Today reports he waved a sign by the road and passed out refreshments to drivers fleeing the city.
On Sunday, he found Mickey Mouse and several characters on his Jacksonville doorstep, holding balloons. They gave him a Lion King-themed cake to celebrate his 7th birthday and a VIP getaway for later this month.
Jermaine says, “Be strong and if you do good things, you will be rewarded.”