Tristan Jacobson may seem like your average 9-year-old; however, he recently proved that he is anything but after his mother abandoned him on the street. In order to pay for a legal adoption, Tristan opened up a lemonade stand and sold over $7,000 worth of lemonade.
Nearly four years ago in Springfield, Missouri, Tristan’s mother, who suffered from an addiction to drugs and worked as a prostitute, left him on the front doors of a homeless shelter. Shortly after, Jimmy and Donnie Davis, who happened to be family friends, decided to take in the then-6-year-old.
After providing for Tristan for several years, the Davis’ decided to take steps towards legally adopting him. Because the total cost in fees for a legal adoption is around $5,000, the family decided to start an adoption fund and Tristan offered to help by opening up a lemonade stand.
Well, word must have spread fast. In just one weekend, the family earned over $14,000 in donations and Tristan and his lemonade earned half of that.
The family said that the remainder of the money they raised would be put toward his future education.
The Davis’ are very happy that they can finally make Tristan an official part of the family. When asked about what this means to them, Donnie explained, “It means everything. He is absolutely our son. He is in our hearts. This is more for reassurance for him, knowing that he has his forever family and he has our name."
(Photo: WGHP, Fox Local News North Carolina)