What a weekend for lemonade, which is quickly turning out to be code for deep, impactful stories. First, superstar Beyonce dropped her Internet-shaking visual album of the same name, and now an innovative kid is using the drink to find a family. According to the Springfield News-Leader, nine-year-old Tristan Jacobson opened a lemonade stand this weekend to help pay for his own adoption.
Here's how Jacobson got to this point:
"Four years ago, Jacobson's biological mother dumped him on the doorstep of a Missouri shelter on a cold January day. Donnie Davis got a call about, and she's been taking care of him ever since. Jacobson has always wanted Davis to adopt him, but she couldn't afford the legal fees." [via Fox61]
The third-grader told the paper, "I'm happy because I have a new mom who loves me."
Jacobson’s heart-wrenching story quickly went viral, and the family launched an online donation fund that has raised more than $6,900. Plus, Davis’s yard sale and Jacobson’s lemonade stand helped bring in another $7,100, giving the family $14,000 to finalize the adoption. A grateful Davis tells the paper that the extra money will be put towards a college fund for Jacobson.
With edibles becoming increasingly popular, maybe one day this young entrepreneur — when he legally becomes of age, of course — will parlay his skills into running a weed-infused lemonade stand selling cannabis drinks like The Game. Either way, this kid clearly has big things ahead of him.