Over the weekend, Tristan Jacobson, 9, from Springfield, Missouri, USA, was helping his future adoptive parents, Donnie Davis and Jimmy Davis, in a yard sale and his own lemonade stand to help raise enough funds for him to be adopted. The family started a fundraiser on YouCaring called 'Tristan's Adoption Fund'. Which had a surge of donations after Tristan's story went viral. The fundraiser on YouCaring was asking for $5,000 dollars but since the post went viral has raised over $16,000.
Tristan's biological father was the ex-husband of his future adoptive mother Donnie. Their relationship was extremely abusive and it took Donnie 2 years to get out of it. In the meantime Tristan's father had an affair with a 15-year-old girl, she had a baby boy, Triston, she was unable to raise Triston due to her age. Tristan's father at the time was sentenced to 22 years in prison for a gun charge. Donnie decided that she would help to raise Tristan.
Tristan lived on and off with Donnie and his young mother. His young mother eventually turned to drugs and prostitution, she would get high on methamphetamine in the same room as Tristan and her various boyfriends would beat on Tristan. When Donnie became aware of this she decided to take the matter into her own hands and got in contact with child services, she was able to take Triston from his mother, Tristan began living with Donnie and her new husband, Jimmy, permanently.
The family now are seeking to officially become Tristan's parents by adopting him. this involves up to $10,000 in legal fees. So Donnie decided to put up the adoption fund on YouCaring and start a yard sale and a lemonade stand where Tristan sold lemonade, both the yard sale and lemonade stand raised $7,100.
They have accumulatively raised over $23,000 in funds to help adopt and raise Tristan.