Abandoned 9-year-old boy raises $7,000 selling homemade lemonade to pay for his own adoption

Tristan Jacobson was left on the stoop of a homeless shelter in Springfield, Missouri, in January 2012 by his drug-addicted prostitute mother. Now he is in a loving foster home and hopes to make the adoption official

A nine-year-old boy raised more than $7,000 selling homemade lemonade last weekend in a bid to pay for his own adoption.

Tristan Jacobson was left on the stoop of a homeless shelter at the height of winter in Springfield, Missouri, four years ago by his mother who was battling drug addiction and worked as a prostitute.

A year later, he was taken in by family friend Donnie Davis and her husband Jimmy, where he has stayed ever since.

Now, the family is embarking on the official journey to adopt him, which will cost $5,000 in legal fees.

Tristan set up the stand on Friday afternoon, offering ice cold glasses of lemonade for $1 each.

By Saturday afternoon, neighbors and passers-by had donated $14,000 to his adoption fund. More than half of that – $7,100 – was raised by Tristan’s lemonade stand.

Moving on: The little boy is excelling at school and hopes this adoption will signal a new chapter in his lifeHis parents-to-be said anything exceeding the necessary legal fees will go towards his education.

‘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.’

Davis explained she has known Tristan all his life, and regularly babysat for his mother. She said she had been concerned for his well-being for years before he was abandoned.

‘Shortly before he turned 4, I could notice a huge difference in his physical appearance, clothes being dirty and not fitting and in her activity in both of her boys life,’ she explained on their YouGiving page.

‘For the next year, it got worse and worse.

‘Long story short, we found out that she had been doing drugs and had been prostituting to get money for drugs.

‘Tristan was subjected to all of this. He was in the same room as her when the Methamphetamine, she would take him with her when she would meet men for sex, she would allow her multiple boyfriends to beat on him, she would leave him alone in her apartment, he was always in his little brothers clothes, they hadn’t been washed, he witnessed sexual acts between her and other woman [sic] and men.

‘He was locked in a dark room at night and had to listen to her being beat by the multiple boyfriends. This is just a small listing of all of the abuse that he went thru [sic].’

Despite contacting CPS, she says, there was nothing they could do. Eventually, police contacted Davis on January 12, 2012, to say Tristan had been found on the doorstep of a children’s homeless shelter in 17-degree cold.

They knew she was a close family friend, and asked if she would speak with the shelter’s directors – and she agreed to take him in.

Now, after a turbulent few years including treating Tristan for an un-diagnosed ringworm on his head, and getting him circumcised, Davis said their family is strong and stable.

And Tristan now wants to make the adoption official.

She told the News-Leader: ‘It means everything. He is absolutely our son. He is in our hearts.

‘This is more for reassurance for him, knowing that he has his forever family and he has our name.’

Tristan, a top-grade student at Williams Elementary School, said he is excited for the adoption to be made official.

Speaking to KY-3, he pointed towards Davis and said: ‘I know shes responsible taking care of me, and I know she’s going to be a great mother.’

Chelsea Dykman, Tristin’s program leader at youth group Big Brothers Big Sisters Of The Ozark, told the newspaper their family is a tight unit.

She said Donnie Davis brought Tristan in to the group years ago. ‘She is great,’ Dykman said. ‘She came in hoping to get him more positive people in his life.’

Source: The DailyMail

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