The little boy got the surprise on his 7th birthday—after Mickey Mouse and Disney World cast members arrived at his home in Jacksonville, Florida, to thank him for helping Hurricane Dorian victims.
Jermaine Bell, 7, spent money he was saving for a year to visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando, on food for Hurricane Dorian victims, according to CNN.
Bell’s original plan to visit Disney was dashed when Dorian struck the Carolinas. Staying with his grandmother in South Carolina, he bought hundreds of hot dogs, chips, and bottled water. Standing on the highway holding signs to get the attention of people driving out of the city, Bell served the food to hurricane evacuees.
“I just wanted to be generous,” he said.
On Sunday, Sept. 8, less than a week later after closing up his hurricane hot dog stand, while he was being interviewed for “Good Morning America,” Disney employees (and Mickey Mouse himself) showed up outside to give him his birthday gift—a free vacation to Walt Disney World for him and his family.
“When Mickey came out, I was just really happy,” he said in a video from Disney.
Bell and his family expect to visit the park later this month when he’s not in school.
“Be strong, and if you do good things, you will be rewarded,” he said.