“Frozen” star Kristen Bell was one of the many people stuck in Orlando during Hurricane Irma this weekend and she used the time to spread a little joy during the stressful storm.
Bell is staying at Walt Disney World’s Swan and Dolphin Resort, which became a home base for her and many senior residents who were evacuated during the storm.
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.
On Saturday, Bell traveled to Meadow Woods Middle School, which was being used as a hurricane shelter, to perform for families as they waited for the approaching storm.
Bell also helped her “Frozen” co-star Josh Gad’s family find shelter during the hurricane.
So @kristenanniebell literally saved my parents and my entire family tonight from #hurricaneirma . When they were stranded in Florida, she got them a hotel room at her hotel in Orlando and saved them, my brothers, my sister-in-law and niece and nephew. They don’t make them like this girl. Thank you Kristin. You are truly an angel sent from above. And thank you @ewablueeyes for bother her when I asked you not to!!!!
On Sunday, Bell spoke with CBS Sacramento, a local California news station where her father is a news director. She said that she and a film crew of 86 people are at the hotel and ready to help in any way possible.
“We’ve just told the front desk that we have an able-bodied crew and if we need to deliver toilet paper and water to people’s rooms, we’re ready to be on staff,” she said.
As Hurricane Irma moved through Florida, it left more than 5.7 million customers without power and downed trees and power lines. The hurricane has killed at least 24 people in the Caribbean and at least 4 in the United States.
As of this writing, Irma has been downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm with winds of 70 mph. The storm is expected to weaken as it moves inland.