Tristan Jacobson isn’t your typical 9-year-old. The Missouri third-grader has taken it upon himself to help his foster family raise money for his own adoption fees. An expensive process, they needed over $5,000 for legal fees and Tristan wanted to do his part to help. While his foster family held a yard sale, he set up a lemonade stand outside their house last weekend selling lemonade for $1, happily mixing tiny packets of powder with cold water to serve to his customers.
Droves of people came by over the weekend to support the 9-year-old, some even driving for hours to help the cause. By Saturday afternoon, the stand and the yard sale had raised $7,100 and their story has inspired even more donations on their crowd-funding page – with the current total standing at over $16,000.
Foster mom Donnie Davis and her husband Jimmy, have been Tristan’s guardians since he was 5 and hope to make Tristan’s adoption official by October. “There’s not enough words to say ’thank you’ to everyone who has shown support or given us donations,” Davis told the Springfield News-Leader.”Everyone has made this possible. We will make sure this child will forever be ours.”
As bottles of lemonade were snapped up at his stand, Tristan told his customers: “Thank you for helping our adoption. I’m happy because I have a new mom who loves me.”