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9-year-old opens lemonade stand to help pay for his adoption

Posted at 4:17 PM, Apr 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-24 16:17:49-04

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A Springfield third-grader is selling lemonade to help pay for his adoption.

Nine-year-old Tristan Jacobson sold $1 lemonades Friday in front of the home he shares with Donnie Davis and her husband, Jimmy, who have been Tristan’s kinship guardians since Tristan was 5.

The Springfield News-Leader reports  the money from the lemonade stand and a weekend yard sale will go toward helping pay about $5,000 in legal fees so Tristan can be adopted.

“There’s not enough words to say ‘thank you’ to everyone who has shown support or given us donations,” Davis told the News-Leader, adding that the excess funds will go toward the third-grader’s education. “Everyone has made this possible. We will make sure this child will forever be ours.”

The lemonade stand, set up in front of the child’s foster home in Springfield, also offered cookies and bottled water — all in hopes the boy will officially be Davis’s son someday.

Donnie Davis says she and her husband already consider Tristan their son. She said the adoption is “more for reassurance for him, knowing that he has his forever family and he has our name.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.