It’s practically a childhood rite of passage to hold a lemonade stand. Spending an hour squeezing lemons into a big bowl (or cheating with the Minute Maid powder). Painting a fancy sign that says “Lemonade for Sale” in pink and yellow. And then sitting outside in the sunshine, waiting to make a sale.
While most of us probably did this for a little extra pocket change, this ambitious young boy had a different goal in mind: he wanted to raise enough money to pay for his own adoption.
Nine-year-old Tristan Jacobson spent last Friday and Saturday selling lemonade for $1 a cup in order to help pay the $5,000 legal fee needed to finalize his adoption. With this important cause in mind, Tristan set out to his front yard and got to work, using his third-grade math skills to make correct change for his customers.
Donnie Davis, Tristan’s soon-to-be mother, is equally enthused in moving along the adoption process. In fact, as Tristan sold his lemonade, Donnie hosted a yard sale alongside Tristan at their home in Springfield, MO.
Having raised Tristan since he was about 3 months old, Donnie and her husband, Jimmy, can’t wait to make Tristan an official member of their family.
“It means everything. He is absolutely our son. He is in our hearts,” Donnie told Springfield News-Leader. “This is more for reassurance for him, knowing that he has his forever family, and he has our name.”
According to Scary Mommy, Tristan’s biological mother reached out to the Davis’s for help when Tristan was an infant and she was struggling with drug abuse. The biological mother also returned when Tristan was 4 years old and took custody of him for a year, but placed him in a shelter shortly after.
Knowing how much the Davis’s cared for Tristan, the shelter called Donnie to make her aware that Tristan had returned. Since then, Donnie has been appointed as Tristan’s kinship guardian. “In mine and my husband’s hearts, that’s our son,” she said. “Nobody can tell us any different. That is our son. He wants to be legally ours.”
And that dream is about to become a reality, because Donnie and Tristan surpassed their financial goal and raised a lofty $7,100 from the two initiatives. And thanks to a YouCaring.com fundraising page, the family has raised an additional $8,410, which Donnie says will be saved for Tristan’s education.
The now third-grader couldn’t be happier to be with his new family. “She will be my parent,” Tristan told Springfield News-Leader. “I’m happy because I have a new mom who loves me.”
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