Stories From the Storm: Evacuees at Orlando Shelter Get Surprise Visit and Performance From Actress Kristen Bell
As Florida prepared for record-breaking Hurricane Irma, the impending natural disaster brought out some of the best of humanity. Neighbors were helping neighbors, strangers helping strangers. Here’s a story of kindness that we think will warm your heart.
A shelter at Meadow Woods Middle School in Orlando, Florida, got a surprise visit on Saturday from actress Kristen Bell from the Disney movie Frozen. She performed “For the First Time in Forever” for the evacuees, even inviting one to sing a duet with her onstage.
Bell was stranded in Florida while filming her latest movie. She wrote on Instagram that she was helping those who needed help preparing for Irma. “Every person I passed today was assisting someone else — #neighborshelpingneighbors — it was beautiful to see. Sad that a hurricane has to bring out the best in everyone, but happy that the community will be holding hands through this.”
Last run to the store for #irma hurricane holdover prep while bracing down in orlando- we didn’t have the option to leave so here we are. Just doing our best and trying to stay positive but cautious, and trying to help those who need help prepping. Every person i passed today was assisting someone else- #neighborshelpingneighbors – it was beautiful to see. Sad that a hurricane has to bring out the best in everyone- but happy that the community will be holding hands through this. Im grateful to Gary and the team at @swandolphin in epcot for helping us feel safe while we get through this together.
Bell also spent time at her hotel calling bingo for displaced senior residents, saying, “We are gonna make lemonade outta Irma.”
A post shared by kristen bell (@kristenanniebell) on
If you haven’t already, please consider helping the victims of Irma. Samaritan’s Purse is collecting donations to help with relief efforts. You may donate by clicking here.