Boy sets up lemonade stand to pay for own adoption

A nine-year-old boy has opened up a lemonade stand so he can help his foster mother pay for his own adoption.

Tristan Jacobson has lived with his foster mother Donnie Davis in Missouri, US, for four years now and has always felt he was part of the family. Unfortunately, the adoption costs have reached almost $10,000 so it has been hard for the family to make it official.

Davis told KYTV: “In mine and my husband’s hearts, that’s our son. Nobody can tell us any different; that is our son. He wants to be legally ours.”

So Tristan decided he would raise money to cover the costs by hosting a lemonade and yard sale.

He and Davis also created a campaign on the crowdfunding site YouCaring, which has raised a whopping $23,742 from donations. Tristan raised $7,100 from his lemonade stand and yard sale alone.

“She will be my parent,” Tristan told News-Leader. “I’m happy because I have a new mum who loves me.”

Tristan went into Davis’ care four years ago when his mother abandoned him on the doorstep of a shelter.

Davis enrolled Tristan, who was five year old at the time, in preschool, got him the medical care he needed, and helped him through emotional issues followed by years of abuse.

Davis said that the extra money after the adoption costs will go towards Tristan’s education.

“There’s not enough words to say ‘thank you’ to everyone who has shown support or given us donations,” said Davis. “Everyone has made this possible. We will make sure this child will forever be ours.”

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