A third-grader in Missouri raised money to pay for his own adoption by selling lemonade.
While Donnie and Jimmy Davis have had legal guardianship over 9-year-old Tristan Jacobson for the last four years, they were unable to afford the fees to pay for Tristan’s adoption. Tristan really wanted to officially be the Davis’ son, according to Donnie.
“He is absolutely our son. He is in our hearts,” she told the Springfield News-Leader. “This is more for reassurance for him, knowing that he has his forever family and he has our name.”
So, Tristan decided to take action, selling cups of lemonade for a dollar outside of the Davis’ yard sale to raise money for the fees. The yard sale and lemonade together raised $7,100 to pay for his adoption.
“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.”
In addition to the money raised through the sale and Tristan’s stand, the family raised $6,900 through a crowdfunding campaign set up to pay for fees. They easily surpassed their initial goal of $5,000 to pay for the fees and they say that the remainder will go toward Tristan’s education.