Boy (9) opens lemonade stand to pay for his own adoption

By Samantha Luiz
27 April 2016

When life gave him lemons, he made lemonade. Literally.

When life gave him lemons, he made lemonade.


Four years ago, nine-year-old Tristan Jacobson's biological mother left him on the doorstep of a shelter in Missouri.

Foster mom Donnie David has been raising him since then.

“Tristan is already our son, in our hearts. But we want to make it official. He wants to have our last name," Donnie wrote on on YouCaring, a crowdfunding website.

“Actually he has decided he wants to change his first name. And we are letting him. He has picked out the name of Quill Tristan Davis. He is so excited; he tries to tell his teachers to call him that now. He’s such an awesome kid.”

As much as Donnie and her husband have wanted to make the adoption official, they can't afford the legal fees.

Instead of letting this obstacle get in the way, Tristan decided to take action. He set up a lemonade stand to help raise the $5000 (R72 300) required to pay for the legal fees.

The determined young boy set up his lemonade stand in front of his foster parents' house, selling the lemonade for $1 each.

"Thank you for helping our adoption," Tristan said to customers.

While they only needed $5000, the overwhelming support has seen the family raise $7000 (R101 200) from the lemonade stand plus thousands more from the YouCaring website.

"She will be my parent," Tristan told the Springfield News-Leader, pointing to Donnie. "I'm happy because I have a new mom who loves me."

"There's not enough words to say 'thank you' to everyone who has shown support or given us donations," Donnie told the News-Leader.

"Everyone has made this possible. We will make sure this child will forever be ours."


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