In the United States, one of the most dreaded times of the year is the hurricane season. The hurricanes that occur in the United States are stronger compared to other countries, that is why the worst is already expected.
According to Live Science, this 2019, the hurricane season for the Atlantic starts at June and is expected to run until November. True enough, a hurricane rushed to the East Coast of the United States and surprising many because of its massive size and strength.
But in every tragedy comes a silver lining, and in the case of Hurricane Dorian, Jermaine Bell is taking action in his own little way. This young boy is turning seven and he wants to spend his birthday helping out victims of the hurricane. The 6-year old has been saving for a long time, in hopes of visiting Disney World. But deep in his generous heart, he knew that the money he saved should be spent for a better cause. Hurricane Dorian left many wounded and traumatized, he knew he had to help.
The aftermath of Hurricane Dorian left many with ruined houses, leaving them with almost nothing. They had no choice but to evacuate and find temporary places to stay in. Thankfully, the storm left the Bahamas last Tuesday after 41 hours of horror and tragedy. Come morning of Thursday, storms became milder, but was still at a risky status. This is also one of the reasons why a lot opted to evacuate to avoid further damage.
“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,” he told the outlet.”
Using his Disney World money, Jermaine Bell bought hotdogs, chips, and water. He built a mini-stand along a highway in Allendale, South Carolina and gave free food to the Hurricane Dorian evacuees. He even put up a sign that says: “Dorian Evacuees Free Hot Dogs & Water.”
Since Bell’s first day out, he served a total of 100 evacuees. He continued to serve more in the succeeding days.
“I am very proud,” Bell’s grandmother Aretha Grant 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.”
Jermaine’s dream of going to Disney World is still on the table, but he expressed that he’s willing to wait for a second chance. He’s looking forward to Disney’s Animal Kingdom park where he gets to see lions and attend a Lion King party.
His initiative to help the evacuees of Hurricane Dorian touched the hearts of many. Many left their comments (see below) and sentiments when the story was posted. It seemed like a silver lining of the hurricane season.
“As always, it is the children who point toward a better world…”
“What a sweetheart! We need more children like him to grow into men who lead by example. And what a great job his parents have done!”
“The BEST story. Such a kind young man. This touched my heart since what other child would think of others and push Disney aside? Thank you for sharing. And God Bless those still in Dorians path.”