A 9-year-old boy sold lemonade at a garage sale to raise funds for his adoption.
Tristan’s lemonade was offered at a yard sale at the house where he lives with Donnie and Jimmy Davis.
The yard and lemonade sale raised $7,100. Another $6,900 was raised on an online site via “Tristan’s Adoption Fund.”
“There’s not enough words to say ‘thank you’ to everyone who has shown support or given us donations,” cried Davis. “Everyone has made this possible. We will make sure this child will forever be ours.”
The family will use leftover money towards his education.
“She will be my parent,” said Tristan. “I’m happy because I have a new mom who loves me.”
Tristan came to the Donnie when he was three-months-old, but she gave him back to his biological mother when he turned two and a half. Donnie kept in touch with the mother. From ABC News:
But after a year, Tristan’s biological mother started making destructive decisions that put Tristan’s life in danger, Davis said, noting that whenever she saw Tristan, his clothes would be dirty and ripped. He moved around a lot with his mother, who was never able to have a consistent home, according to Davis, but he was never in foster care.
Davis said she tried for months to gain custody over Tristan and remove him from the unhealthy situation he was living in, but it wasn’t until Davis was contacted by police who told her Tristan had been abandoned at a homeless kids’ center in town that she was finally able to bring him back into her home.
Tristan was five-years-old when he was reunited with Davis. In 2014, Davis became the legal guardian of Tristan, and “the beginning of this year, we said we were going to do the legal adoption,” she said.
With the adoption money raised, it should become official in October.