Mickey Mouse makes a surprise appearance at seven-year-old Jermaine Bell’s birthday party Sept. 8, 2019, in Kissimmee, Fla. Mickey and Walt Disney World cast members were there to honor Jermaine who used money he’d saved for a Walt Disney World vacation to feed people fleeing Hurricane Dorian. Adding to a day filled with surprises, Jermaine learned that he and his family will be guests of Disney for a VIP getaway to the vacation kingdom later this month. (Disney)

Disney Gives VIP Trip to Boy Who Donated Vacation Money to Hurricane Evacuees

Sometimes dreams still come true.

Jermaine Bell is six years old and lives in Jacksonville, Florida.  Like many kids, he was looking forward to a trip to Disney World to celebrate his birthday. He saved his money for more than a year to get ready for this trip.

Jermaine Bell gets the surprise of a lifetime when Mickey Mouse shows up at his birthday party. Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Jermaine Bell gets the surprise of a lifetime when Mickey Mouse shows up at his birthday party. Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Then, hurricane Dorian changed everything.

As the hurricane approached the South Carolina coast, Jermaine decided to use the money he saved for the Disney trip to instead buy hundreds of hot dogs, chips, and bottled water for hurricane evacuees who passed through the South Carolina town where he was visiting his grandmother.

Jermaine used money he’d saved for a Walt Disney World vacation to feed people fleeing Hurricane Dorian. Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Jermaine used money he’d saved for a Walt Disney World vacation to feed people fleeing Hurricane Dorian. Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Jermaine’s story inspired people all around the world, and caught the attention of one very special mouse.

On Sunday, Sept. 8, Jermaine celebrated his seventh birthday. Mickey Mouse and a group of Walt Disney World cast members made a surprise visit at the birthday party.  It was at his party that Jermaine learned that he and his family are going to Walt Disney World after all. The family will enjoy a VIP getaway at the vacation kingdom later this month.

Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney World cast members pose with seven-year-old Jermaine Bell and his mother, Lauren Creech, during Jermaine’s birthday party in Kissimmee, Fla. Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney World cast members pose with seven-year-old Jermaine Bell and his mother, Lauren Creech, during Jermaine’s birthday party in Kissimmee, Fla. Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Inspired by the boy who gave his Disney money to hurricane evacuees?