9-Year-Old Boy Funds His Own Adoption by Opening a Lemonade Stand

tristan jacobsonThe whole "when life gives you lemons, make lemonade" thing has been getting a lot of play lately thanks to Queen Bey, but the saying has never been more true than in the case of 9-year-old Tristan Jacobson, who recently raised thousands of dollars for his own adoption by opening -- you guessed it! -- a lemonade stand.


A third grader in Springfield, Missouri, Tristan has been living with Donnie and Jimmy Davis as his kinship guardians since he was 5 years old, when his biological parents were no longer able to care for him. The couple has wanted to formally adopt Tristan for quite some time, but can't afford the steep legal fees required to make their family official -- so they decided to go the fund-raising route.

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In addition to setting up a site on YouCaring.com, which has already raised over $18,000 (with an initial goal of just $5K!), the family also held a yard sale over the weekend where Tristan's lemonade stand took center stage -- and raised upwards of $7,000! Talk about a worthy cause! (Reportedly Tristan was calling out "Thank you for helping our adoption!" to customers. BRB, my heart just EXPLODED.)

Of course, as far as Donnie and Jimmy are concerned, the adoption is merely a formality. As Donnie put it, making Tristan her legal son is "more for reassurance for him, knowing that he has his forever family and he has our name," she told The Springfield News Leader. But clearly being adopted means a lot to the little boy, as he told the paper (while pointing at Donnie): "She will be my parent. I'm happy because I have a new mom who loves me." 

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Can you even stand it?! Not only is Tristan's tale inspiring because it's about a child being taken in by a loving family, but it's inspiring because of the outpouring of support this family received as well. Not only were people moved by Tristan's story, but they were also moved enough to open their pockets and help make this beautiful dream a reality. That says a lot about human compassion and decency (namely, that it still exists!).

And because of this generosity, Tristan will grow up to believe that he has the power to make good things happen, and that there are good people out there willing to help others. And if that's not the sweetest lemonade around, I don't know what is!


Image via YouCaring.com

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