By Andrea Romano
September 10, 2019
Courtesy of Walt Disney World Resort

It’s nice to know that sometimes good things come to good people.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, lots of people are looking to find ways to help victims and evacuees.

One of these people was a six-year-old boy from South Carolina named Jermaine Bell who decided to use all of his birthday savings to buy evacuees hot dogs, chips, and water as they fled inland. Now, he’s getting a very generous thank you.

Bell was going to use his savings for a trip to Disney World for his seventh birthday, but instead, decided that he wanted to help people in the wake of the storm. Bell’s family, his community, and frankly, the world at large, were touched by Bell’s wonderful selflessness and kindness.

According to WESH Orlando, Bell was celebrating his birthday at home on Sunday when Walt Disney World cast members, including Mickey Mouse himself, decided to stop by and give him an incredible surprise: a VIP getaway for Bell and his family to the park later this month, just like he always wanted.

Disney Parks shared a video of Bell being surprised by the cast members, and you can tell he was excited to get his birthday wish. The cast brought Bell a Lion King-themed cake, Mickey balloons, some Lion King gear and toys, and even sang him “Happy Birthday,” according to USA Today.

“Never in a million years could we have imagined anything like this from him,” said Bell’s mom, Lauren Creech, in the video. “Coming up with an idea to help someone else. It really does instill in him that when you do good, you know, good comes back to you.”

In the video, Bell even doles out some words of wisdom that anyone can take with them. “Be strong and if you do good things, you will be rewarded.”

Hopefully Bell’s trip to Disney is as magical as he imagines.

Hurricane Dorian, a category 5 storm, ravaged the Bahamas as well as Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina last week. There is still recovery that needs to be done, especially in the Bahamas, where tourism makes up a large percent of the economy.

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