Amanda

By Amanda

LifeBuzz Staff

Boy Sells Lemonade To Pay For His Own Adoption… The Photos Hit Me Hard.

Like thousands of kids across America, Tristan Jacobson recently set up a lemonade stand outside of his house. Only Tristan wasn't trying to make money to buy a video game or some new toys: Instead, he was raising money for his own adoption.

Tristan has lived with his legal guardian, Donnie Davis, since he was just three months old. She had to give custody back to his mother when Tristan was two-and-a-half, but his time with his bio-mom was short-lived. She began making destructive, harmful decisions for Tristan and her other child. Davis said that whenever she saw Tristan, his clothing was ripped and he was filthy. Knowing that he was in danger, Davis fought for custody to remove him from the situation.

At age five, Tristan came home to live with Davis and has been there ever since. Davis became his legal guardian, and now they're hoping to legally adopt him. The only trouble? The fees are upwards of $10,000.

“Anything I could downgrade to save money, I did,” Davis said in an interview with ABC News. The family got cheap cell phones and Internet, and even canceled their summer vacation.

“Anything I could downgrade to save money, I did,” Davis said in an interview with ABC News. The family got cheap cell phones and Internet, and even canceled their summer vacation.

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And of course, Tristan wanted to do his part by setting up his lemonade stand.

And of course, Tristan wanted to do his part by setting up his lemonade stand.

Andrew Jansen/The Springfield News-Leader/AP

Between his lemonade stand and their yard sale, the family raised $7,100. Tristan's lemonade was responsible for bringing in $6,500.

Between his lemonade stand and their yard sale, the family raised $7,100. Tristan's lemonade was responsible for bringing in $6,500.

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“We had people drive over two-and-a-half hours to come see Tristan,” Davis said, adding that one man heard about Tristan’s story on the radio on his drive from Chicago to California stopped to see him. They've also set up a YouCaring page, which has raised over $9,000 so far.

Davis feels confident they have all they need to make the adoption final. “I’m kind of in shock from all the support we’ve received,” she said. "Tristan's so excited."

Source: ABC News

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