A six-year-old has been praised for forfeiting his dream birthday party to instead help feed and comfort people left without a roof over their head as a result of Hurricane Dorian. Jermaine Bell from Allendale in South Carolina turns seven this weekend. While he had been putting his pocket money aside to hopefully make it to Disney World in Florida, when news of locals evacuating their homes as Hurricane Dorian approaches, he decided to put the cash to better use. As South Carolina is in the path of the potentially devastating storm, Jermaine used the dollars to purchase food like hot dogs, chips and water – feeding over 100 evacuees in the process. Jermaine also stood alongside Highway 125 with a pair of handwritten signs advertising the food to those in the process of evacuating their homes.
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“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 said of the people heading north and inland to seek relief. “I wanted to be generous and live to give,” he added. Jermaine’s grandmother Aretha Grant said the little boy is also praying with and for the families and has a newfound understanding of how fortunate he is. “He actually even prayed for a family while they were here in reference to their house being okay when they got back, so that was really tear dropping,” she revealed. “They weren’t able to take everything. So just knowing that they couldn’t take everything and we were able to have a house, so that’s the blessed part that he should be thankful for and get out of it.” she said. Grant wants her grandson to see how blessed he is to be a blessing to evacuees during these tough times. Jermaine intends to go back to saving for his trip when things go back to normal as he wants to go to the Animal Kingdom at Disney World, see the lions and “have a Lion King party.”
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