This enterprising 9-year-old Missouri boy is trying to fund his own adoption with a lemonade stand.
With all the fuss being made over a certain superstar's "Lemonade," it's nice to hear a heartwarming story about this favorite summer sip.
A Missouri boy came up with a unique spin on the traditional lemonade stand that is a seasonal rite of passage for kids across America. Nine-year-old Tristan Jacobson used one to raise money to fund his own adoption—and is more than $7,000 closer to making that dream a reality.
Tristan's foster mom Donnie Davis told KY3 News, "He's already a part of our family. In mine and my husband's hearts, that's our son. Nobody can tell us any different; that is our son. He wants to be legally ours."
But according to People magazine, the legal fees to adopt Tristan stood in the way. A yard sale, many $1 cups of lemonade, and quite a few cookies later—as well as an online fund on YouCaring—and now Tristan can look forward to putting his past behind him.
Davis took the boy in as a foster child at age 5 when his mom abandoned him on the doorstep of a shelter when it was just 17 degrees outside. Since that time, Davis has given him the love and encouragement he needs to become a thriving third grader.
"I know she's responsible, taking care of me. I know she's going to be a great mother," Tristan said about Davis.
According to Tristan's soon-to-be official mom, her son raised an incredible $7,100 selling lemonade to people who traveled to Springfield just to meet the enterprising young man who was funding his own adoption. An additional $11,000 was raised online. Any funds above what is needed for the adoption will be put toward Tristan's education.
"There's not enough words to say 'thank you' to everyone who has shown support or given us donations. Everyone has made this possible. We will make sure this child will forever be ours," the grateful mama said.
So, yes, it seems Tristan could even teach Beyonce a thing or two about making lemonade when life hands you lemons. What an amazing kid! Here's wishing him every happiness as his adoption dream comes true.
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.