AUGUSTA, Ga. – “I wanted to be generous and live to give,” says Jermaine Bell/ Hurricane Helper:
Do you remember this life motto from 6-year-old Jermaine Bell a week before his birthday?
It became a national effort to get Jermaine to Disney World after WJBF told you about his kind idea to give up his Disney trip birthday money. He wanted to help feed Hurricane Dorian evacuees for two days instead.
September 8th, Jermaine celebrated his 7th birthday at home when he walked outside to find out his Disney dreams would still come true.
“Surprise! Woo! Congratulations!” cheers Disney representatives.
Jermaine wore a Lion King shirt that day not knowing he would get to celebrate the Animal Kingdom party he told us he wished for.
Disney reps and Mickey Mouse personally came to send him the special invitation.
“We heard your original plan was to spend your birthday at Walt Disney World, as a gift to you we want you to come enjoy a get away at the Walt Disney World Resort later this month,” says Marilyn West, a Disney representative.
Jermaine will even ride in style with a Disney bus that has his name on it. Jermaine says he’s excited and he never imagined to celebrate his birthday like this.
“Because I wanted to go to Disney in a long time,” says Jermaine.
Jermaine became a viral sensation on social media as supporters rallied together to refill his piggy bank raising nearly 13,000 dollars through GoFundMe
“You think the small things you do, you think people don’t notice, but to have everyone watching him and telling him what a good job you’ve done young man, I think that really instills in him,” says Lauren Creech, Jermaine’s mother.
“And if you do good things, you will be rewarded,” says Jermaine.
“Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Jermaine, Happy Birthday to you!” sings Disney reps.