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A little boy is selling lemonade to help his foster parents adopt him.
Tristan Jacobson is only 9, but the young entrepreneur is raising money for his own adoption by selling lemonade and cookies.
Tristan is a foster child who Donnie Davis and her husband, Jimmy, have been raising since he was 5, when his biological mother left him on the door step of a shelter on a 17-degree day.
"Child Services was trying to get a hold of me to see if I would take him," Davis explains on the family's YouCaring page. "Of course, I agreed. I was scared to death. I was sick with worry scared that he was scared."
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Tristan is the biological son of Donnie's ex-husband, and she has been in his life since he was just 3 months old, so she happily took him in. Now she and Jimmy want to make it official.
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In order to adopt Tristan, the Davises need to raise $5,000 to pay for adoption and legal fees. That's where the lemonade stand comes in.
"Tristan is already our son, in our hearts," Davis said. "But we want to make it official. He wants to have our last name. Actually, he has decided he wants to change his first name, and we are letting him. He has picked out the name of Quill Tristan Davis. He is so excited; he tries to tell his teachers to call him that now. He's such an awesome kid."
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As for the lemonade stand profits, according to their YouCaring page, the Davises have already surpassed the $5,000 fundraising goal—they've racked in more than $8,500 from 184 donors!
"She will be my parent," Tristan told WFAA TV of Donnie. "I'm happy because I have a new mom who loves me."