Amid the destruction and devastation of Hurricane Dorian, were bright spots of human acts of kindness:
– neighbors helping neighbors shutter homes;
— people donating food and clothing;
— people and organizations providing shelter;
— an anonymous donor who bought generators;
— and Jermaine Bell, who emptied his piggy bank of the money he had been saving for more than a year for his birthday trip to Walt Disney World Resort and used the money to buy food for evacuees.
Jermaine, who has since turned seven years old, explained to the news media that his motto, “Live to Give,” was the reason for his actions.
As the hurricane approached the South Carolina coast, Jermaine used the money form his piggy bank to buy hundreds of hot dogs, bags of chips, and bottled water to serve (free of charge) to evacuees who passed through the South Carolina town where he was visiting his grandmother.
As I thought about Jermaine’s motto, I was reminded of the power of unconditional giving that comes from the heart – giving without expecting something in return.
I was reminded that you don’t have to move very far from where you are to make a difference or have a positive impact – people in need are all around us.
I was reminded that everyone has something to offer to others.
From my vantage point, selfless giving is the basis for living a meaningful life. It seems to me that when we find meaning in the lives of those in need and do something about it, we also find meaning in our own lives.
Jermaine models for us how to live life with purpose by making a meaningful difference in the lives of others. His motto encourages us to live by our beliefs and values. He is another one of my young heroes.
(Note: Officials at the Walt Disney Company gifted Jermaine, on his seventh birthday, with a trip to Disney World).