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This Kid Sold Lemonade to Fund His Own Adoption

Nine-year-old Tristan Jacobson and his guardians made $14,000 with a little lemonade and the help of the internet.
April 26, 2016, 2:03pm
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An entrepreneurial third-grader sold lemonade last weekend to pay for his own adoption, the Springfield News-Leader reports.

After being abandoned at a homeless shelter at the age of five, Tristan Jacobson began living with guardians Donnie and Jim Davis. Now nine-years-old, he decided he was finally ready to make things official.

To help raise funds for the $5,000 adoption fee, he started selling lemonade for a dollar outside his Springfield, Missouri home Friday and continued through the weekend, serving up ice cold beverages at a yard sale he and his guardians hosted Saturday.

According to the News-Leader, the lemonade stand and online fundraiser on raised a combined $14,000 by Sunday afternoon. Jacobson told the paper, "I'm happy because I have a new mom who loves me."

"There's not enough words to say 'thank you' to everyone who has shown support or given us donations," Donnie Davis told the paper. "Everyone has made this possible. We will make sure this child will forever be ours."