A 6-year-old used his Disney birthday trip money to help hurricane evacuees. Now he's going for free.

By Caitlin O'Kane

/ CBS News

Boy spends Disney savings on hurricane aid

Six-year-old Jermaine Bell had been saving money for over a year with hopes of going to Disney World for his 7th birthday. But in a moment of crisis, the little boy gave up his hard-earned cash to help others.

Bell, who is from Jacksonville, Florida, was in Allendale, South Carolina with his grandmother ahead of Hurricane Dorian. Residents began evacuating the costal areas of the state ahead of the storm, and Bell wanted to ease their burden. So he used all of his savings to buy food and water for evacuees.

Instead of celebrating the magical birthday he'd dreamed of, Bell stood on the side of the road handing out hotdogs. "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," the boy told WJBF-TV.

The Uplift More

More in The Uplift

He helped nearly 100 evacuees, even though it meant giving up his birthday trip — or so he thought. Representatives from Disney, including Mickey Mouse himself, surprised Bell on Monday with some big news. They'd heard about his selfless act, and wanted to thank him.

Mickey and several Disney employees surprised Bell after hearing about his selfless act. Disney

Mickey and his friends surprised Bell with a free trip to Disney World, and the boy could not believe his ears. He and his family will get to celebrate his birthday with a VIP vacation later this month, Walt Disney World said in a press release,

For Bell, wise beyond his years, the choice to help others was simple. "I wanted to be generous and live to give," he said. That motto earned him a lot of praise — and, in the end, the trip he always dreamed of.

First published on September 11, 2019 / 1:02 PM

© 2019 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.

disney-boy.jpg ADDITION Afghanistan

Taliban warns U.S. "will soon regret" abandoning peace talks

The Taliban issued a threatening message to the U.S. on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks

36M ago ADDITION Afghanistan ​Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri

On 9/11, al Qaeda leader calls for attacks on U.S.

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri calls on Muslims to attack U.S., European, Israeli and Russian targets in a speech on the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks

44M ago ​Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri iraq-billboard-iran-trump.jpg

"Death to America" billboards have popped up in Baghdad. Here's why.

Iraq is caught in the middle of feuding allies, neighbor Iran and the U.S., and many fear they could soon be caught in the middle of yet another war they didn't start

2H ago iraq-billboard-iran-trump.jpg John Bolton

What John Bolton's departure means for the Iran standoff

Analysts see room for an easing of tension between Washington and Tehran, but don't expect any sudden breakthroughs

2H ago John Bolton BRITAIN-EU-POLITICS-BREXIT

Court rules suspension of British Parliament illegal

Decision to suspend legislative body was motivated by the "improper purpose of stymying Parliament," the court says

6H ago BRITAIN-EU-POLITICS-BREXIT disney-boy.jpg

Boy gives Disney savings to help hurricane evacuees

He says he lives to give – and those words to live by just earned him a free birthday trip to Disney World

19M ago disney-boy.jpg U.S. President Trump presents Presidential Medal of Freedom to NBA Hall of Famer West at the White House in Washington

Trump says administration wants to ban flavored e-cigarettes — live updates

The president called reporters to the Oval Office unexpectedly Wednesday

updated 12M ago U.S. President Trump presents Presidential Medal of Freedom to NBA Hall of Famer West at the White House in Washington ADDITION Afghanistan

Taliban warns U.S. "will soon regret" abandoning peace talks

The Taliban issued a threatening message to the U.S. on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks

36M ago ADDITION Afghanistan ​Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri

On 9/11, al Qaeda leader calls for attacks on U.S.

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri calls on Muslims to attack U.S., European, Israeli and Russian targets in a speech on the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks

44M ago ​Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri U.S. President Trump visits U.S.-Mexico border in Calexico, California

Government watchdog to probe Trump's land seizures to build wall

Congress' independent watchdog will investigate the administration's intensifying efforts to seize private land to build barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border

1H ago U.S. President Trump visits U.S.-Mexico border in Calexico, California U.S. President Trump presents Presidential Medal of Freedom to NBA Hall of Famer West at the White House in Washington

Trump says administration wants to ban flavored e-cigarettes — live updates

The president called reporters to the Oval Office unexpectedly Wednesday

updated 12M ago U.S. President Trump presents Presidential Medal of Freedom to NBA Hall of Famer West at the White House in Washington U.S. President Trump visits U.S.-Mexico border in Calexico, California

Government watchdog to probe Trump's land seizures to build wall

Congress' independent watchdog will investigate the administration's intensifying efforts to seize private land to build barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border

1H ago U.S. President Trump visits U.S.-Mexico border in Calexico, California UPDATED trail-markers-graphic-presidential-4.jpg

2020 Daily Trail Markers: What to look for in Thursday's debate

The third debate takes place on a single night this time, in Houston. Here's what to look for when the Democratic presidential candidates take the stage

2H ago UPDATED trail-markers-graphic-presidential-4.jpg US-VOTE-2020-DEMOCRATS-DEBATE-PETZVAL

How to watch the third 2020 Democratic presidential debate

Thursday's matchup could show more confrontation between leading contenders, as only 10 candidates qualified

3H ago US-VOTE-2020-DEMOCRATS-DEBATE-PETZVAL jerry-falwell-jr.jpg

Liberty's Falwell says he's target of "attempted coup"

Falwell says he believes he's partly being targeted for his loyalty to President Trump

3H ago jerry-falwell-jr.jpg robert-frank-the-americans-trolley-new-orleans-1955-nga-promo-660.jpg

Photographer Robert Frank 1924-2019

A look back at the work of one of the most influential of photographers who created intimate, moody portraits of an America struggling to define itself in a post-war world

18H ago 19 photos robert-frank-the-americans-trolley-new-orleans-1955-nga-promo-660.jpg 0910-ctm-billybush-king-1930478-640x360.jpg

Billy Bush on rebuilding after Trump tape

Billy Bush is back on television as the new host of the entertainment show, "Extra." His return comes three years after he was suddenly fired, after a 2005 Access Hollywood tape was released showing Bush and Donald Trump engaging in a lewd conversation about women. In a network exclusive, Gayle King went to Burbank Studios in California, where Bush showed her how he's approaching this opportunity with a new perspective.

21H ago 06:43 0910-ctm-billybush-king-1930478-640x360.jpg alex-trebek-interview-promo.jpg

Alex Trebek starts new "Jeopardy!" season

This summer, Trebek celebrated his 79th birthday and that he completed chemotherapy

Sep 9 alex-trebek-interview-promo.jpg 0909-en-alextrebek-odonnell-1930228-640x360.jpg

Alex Trebek returns to "Jeopardy!"

It's a new season for "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek. He began season 36 of the legendary show after announcing in March he had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. "CBS Evening News" anchor Norah O'Donnell has more.

Sep 9 01:02 0909-en-alextrebek-odonnell-1930228-640x360.jpg Pilot

"Bob Hearts Abishola": Love, laughter and the American Dream

New CBS romantic comedy also explores the immigrant experience in America today

Sep 9 Pilot Apple iPhone 11

Apple reveals updated iPhones, watch and Apple TV series

The company's annual product event comes as it's selling fewer and fewer iPhones

18H ago Apple iPhone 11 istock88471337large.jpg

Startup can mine people's data from LinkedIn profiles

Company called HiQ Labs wins court OK to scrape profiles on LinkedIn for data about people's lives and connections

Sep 9 istock88471337large.jpg The Google logo is pictured at the entrance to the Google offices in London

48 states launch antitrust investigation into Google

From search to ads to data mining, "an ecosystem where people's whole internet experience is mediated through Google"

Sep 10 The Google logo is pictured at the entrance to the Google offices in London FRANCE-POLITICS-TECHNOLOGY-FACEBOOK

Zuckerberg declines again to testify to international panel

It's the third time the Facebook CEO has refused an invitation to appear before a gathering of global lawmakers investigating disinformation

Sep 9 FRANCE-POLITICS-TECHNOLOGY-FACEBOOK Cordless white headphones in the air on a blue background.

Lost AirPods cost consumers more than half a billion dollars annually

Now hear this: Apple's AirPod sales could exceed $10 billion this year, with 5% to 7% of sales to replace lost ear buds

Sep 6 Cordless white headphones in the air on a blue background. Trump

NOAA scientist rips "political" backing of Trump's Dorian claims

Craig McLean, NOAA's acting chief scientist, wrote an email to colleagues that called the agency's response "political"

Sep 9 Trump Hurricane Dorian's damage at Equinor's South Riding Point oil storage facility is seen from an aerial view over Grand Bahama, Bahamas, September 7, 2019.

Company pledges to clean up oil from facility damaged by Dorian

Norwegian-based Equinor says it was unclear how big the spill was at its oil terminal on Grand Bahama

Sep 8 Hurricane Dorian's damage at Equinor's South Riding Point oil storage facility is seen from an aerial view over Grand Bahama, Bahamas, September 7, 2019. beaver-judith-lehmberg-teeth-4500-promo-top.jpg

Nature up close: Beavers, the master engineers

A keystone species for animals and plants, beavers are crafty builders who continually reshape parts of Wyoming's Snake River

Sep 7 beaver-judith-lehmberg-teeth-4500-promo-top.jpg screen-shot-2019-09-06-at-10-31-10-am.png

New species of dinosaur discovered in Japan

The discovery is the largest dinosaur skeleton ever found in the country

Sep 6 screen-shot-2019-09-06-at-10-31-10-am.png 090619-landing2.jpg

Indian spacecraft apparently crashes in moon landing attempt

India seeks to join the U.S., Russia and China as the only countries to successfully land a spacecraft on the moon

Sep 6 090619-landing2.jpg DOUNIAMAG-US-INDUSTRY-TOBACCO-HEALTH-TEENS

Sixth patient dies from vaping-related illness

Kansas becomes at least the sixth state​ to report a death possibly related to e-cigarettes since last month

17H ago DOUNIAMAG-US-INDUSTRY-TOBACCO-HEALTH-TEENS boy-cancer.jpg

Parents lose custody of son after refusing to finish his chemotherapy

During a chemotherapy session, the boy's mother allegedly pulled the needle from his arm and the family fled to Ohio

17H ago boy-cancer.jpg craig-oxycontin-lawsuit-3-2017-3-29.jpg

Sackler family could pay billions in personal wealth to settle opioid lawsuits

Purdue Pharma, the maker of Oxycontin, is accused of fueling the opioid crisis

18H ago craig-oxycontin-lawsuit-3-2017-3-29.jpg 0411-ctm-cbdtreatmentdebate-narula-1543414-640x360.jpg

Feds warn CBD companies against unfounded health claims

FTC tells cannabidiol sellers it's illegal to tout products as a cure or way to prevent disease without evidence

21H ago 0411-ctm-cbdtreatmentdebate-narula-1543414-640x360.jpg 34-north-dakota.jpg

Medication abortion reversal "misleading and inaccurate," judge says

Doctors in North Dakota won't need to tell patients that "it may be possible to reverse the effects of an abortion-inducing drug"

Sep 10 34-north-dakota.jpg screen-shot-2019-09-11-at-11-55-40-am.png

The Muse founders make finding a job less harrowing

The career services site, born out of frustration, seeks to gives job seekers an inside look at potential employers

1H ago screen-shot-2019-09-11-at-11-55-40-am.png FILE PHOTO: Eight versions of General Motors CO’s new generation Chevrolet Silverado pickups are pictured lined up at an event near Alpine

GM recalls 3.4M vehicles over braking issues

Six different models issued between 2014 to 2018 have a braking issue that can increase the risk of a crash

1H ago FILE PHOTO: Eight versions of General Motors CO’s new generation Chevrolet Silverado pickups are pictured lined up at an event near Alpine People Maddow Harvard

Rachel Maddow sued for $10 million by One America News

Maddow had called the conservative network "paid Russian propaganda," which the network claims is "malicious libel"

Sep 10 People Maddow Harvard Uber drivers strike against the company's recent 25 percent wage cut outside Uber's head office in San Francisco

California approves bill that will turn gig workers into employees

Ride-sharing companies such as Uber oppose the measure, which could impact about 400,000 workers in the state

4H ago Uber drivers strike against the company's recent 25 percent wage cut outside Uber's head office in San Francisco 57619315.jpg

Climate change could mean big pay swings for 10% of workers

Extreme weather threatens the livelihood of retail employees, according to a Federal Reserve economist

4H ago 57619315.jpg tal2.jpg

Multiple people injured in stabbing at Tallahassee workplace

A suspect was in custody Wednesday morning; police say they are processing large scene with more than one property

1H ago tal2.jpg ap6608010465.jpg

America's deadliest mass shootings

These are the deadliest mass shootings in American history

Aug 5 40 photos ap6608010465.jpg Antonio Brown

Antonio Brown accused of rape in federal lawsuit

Brown's attorney, Darren Heitner, issued a statement saying Brown "denies each and every allegation in the lawsuit"

13H ago Antonio Brown tremaine-jackson-mugshot.jpg

Arizona trooper arrested on charges he tried to extort sexual favors

Tremaine Jackson, 43, has been relieved of duty after 13 years on the job in central Phoenix

16H ago tremaine-jackson-mugshot.jpg mark-soliz-horizontal.jpg

Texas executes man for 2010 killing of 61-year-old grandmother

Lawyers for Mark Anthony Soliz, 37, argued that he suffered from fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, which left him with brain damage

16H ago mark-soliz-horizontal.jpg 091019-fire1.jpg

Fire delays rocket launch to the International Space Station

It's not yet known when the HTV-8 cargo ship will be launched to the International Space Station

15H ago 091019-fire1.jpg Harvest Moon

Friday the 13th to get full Harvest Moon

Lucky us – the rare occurrence hasn't happened in 19 years

17H ago Harvest Moon cbsn-fusion-india-loses-communication-with-lunar-lander-thumbnail-1928725-640x360.jpg

India fails to land on the moon

India hoped to become the fourth nation to soft-land on the moon with their Chandrayaan-2 space mission. But their space agency, ISRO, lost communication with their lander just before the mission was complete. CBS News Space Consultant Bill Harwood joined CBSN to discuss the apparent failure.

Sep 7 05:43 cbsn-fusion-india-loses-communication-with-lunar-lander-thumbnail-1928725-640x360.jpg 090619-landing2.jpg

Indian spacecraft apparently crashes in moon landing attempt

India seeks to join the U.S., Russia and China as the only countries to successfully land a spacecraft on the moon

Sep 6 090619-landing2.jpg cbsn-fusion-president-trump-announces-the-u-s-space-command-is-open-as-part-of-an-approach-to-better-defend-american.jpg

Trump launches U.S. Space Command

President Trump held a Rose Garden event to commemorate the establishment of the U.S. Space Command Thursday, as the president pushes for the creation of his sixth branch of the military, the Space Force. CBS News' Bofta Yimam reports.

Aug 29 01:53 cbsn-fusion-president-trump-announces-the-u-s-space-command-is-open-as-part-of-an-approach-to-better-defend-american.jpg robert-frank-the-americans-trolley-new-orleans-1955-nga-promo-660.jpg

Photographer Robert Frank 1924-2019

A look back at the work of one of the most influential of photographers who created intimate, moody portraits of an America struggling to define itself in a post-war world

18H ago 19 photos robert-frank-the-americans-trolley-new-orleans-1955-nga-promo-660.jpg Damage at the Abaco Beach Resort during the eye of  Hurricane Dorian in Marsh Harbour

Photos: Hurricane Dorian's devastation

"Everything's gone! Everything!" one woman said after Dorian slammed into the Bahamas

Sep 6 42 photos Damage at the Abaco Beach Resort during the eye of  Hurricane Dorian in Marsh Harbour raiders.jpg

The most valuable NFL teams in 2019, ranked

Thanks to some pricey TV deals, a relocation, and brand-new stadiums, the NFL has never been more valuable.

Sep 5 40 photos raiders.jpg Washington Redskins v New England Patriots

Highest-paid NFL players in 2019, ranked

These are the NFL superstars who earn the most cash this season

Aug 29 50 photos Washington Redskins v New England Patriots ashleyfallisparents.jpg

Ashley Fallis death: A family's fight for justice

Was the Colorado mother's 2012 death a suicide, as her husband maintains, or was it murder, as her parents insist?

Aug 24 15 photos ashleyfallisparents.jpg 0911-cbsn-sponsored-zwy-themuse-1931294-640x360.jpg

Popular

The Muse founders make finding a job less harrowing

Kathryn Minshew and Alex Cavoulaco met as coworkers early in their careers and then founded The Muse, a career services site that gives job candidates an inside look at potential employers through office photos and employee testimonials.

1H ago 02:48 0911-cbsn-sponsored-zwy-themuse-1931294-640x360.jpg 0911-cbsn-noaacontroversy-1931350-640x360.jpg

Scientists weigh in on Trump-NOAA controversy

Scientific organizations and meteorologists are speaking out about President Trump's Twitter spat over the Hurricane Dorian forecast. CBS News climate and weather contributor Jeff Berardelli and CBS News weather producer David Parkinson join CBSN to discuss the fallout.

updated 6M ago 09:39 0911-cbsn-noaacontroversy-1931350-640x360.jpg uplift-boyusesdisneymoneyfordorianvictims-1931342-640x360.jpg

Boy spends Disney savings on hurricane aid

6-year-old Jermaine Bell spent more than a year saving up for a trip to Disney World. Then he spent all of the money on food and water for victims of Hurricane Dorian. Now, Disney is giving him a free trip for his 7th birthday.

updated 24M ago 02:00 uplift-boyusesdisneymoneyfordorianvictims-1931342-640x360.jpg master-drinking-1920x1080-1927508-640x360.jpg

Drinking culture and American kids

On America's college campuses, there are epidemics we talk about and those we don't. When sexual assaults or fraternity hazing deaths make headlines, court cases follow and new rules are enacted, but less attention is paid to an underlying issue – binge drinking culture. CBSN Originals explores how drinking to excess is not only considered normal, but cool, and how for many young people "blacking out" is less a rarity than an every weekend occurrence – with grave consequences.

Sep 5 23:34 master-drinking-1920x1080-1927508-640x360.jpg hollywood-ripper-sneakpeek-1931335-640x360.jpg

Sneak peek: The Hollywood Ripper

Four young women attacked, only one survivor. "48 Hours" correspondent Maureen Maher has been on the trail of serial killer Michael Garguilo for more than a decade. How "48 Hours" helped crack one of the cases in an all new, two-hour season premiere airing Saturday, September 14 starting at 9/8c on CBS.

updated 10M ago 03:04 hollywood-ripper-sneakpeek-1931335-640x360.jpg

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here