9-year-old Tristan Jacobson isn’t just waiting for life to happen to him. Brilliant in math and a great all-around third-grade student, Tristan worked the figures in his head and realized he’d have to sell a lot of lemonade to help his parents afford his adoption.

Tristan was removed from his home when he was 5 years old and went to live with Donnie and Jimmy Davis. They’ve been his kinship guardians for four years, but are anxious to be Tristan’s legal mom and dad. And so they’ve been saving. To help with the fees required to legalize an adoption, Donnie held a yard sale last Friday. But Tristan wasn’t going to let his mom do all the work, so he opened up a lemonade stand and sold tall glasses of ice-cold lemonade for a dollar each. Their hopes were that they would be able to make a dent in the $5,000 goal they have to completely pay for the adoption.

Friends and strangers alike were drawn in. It’s one thing to help parents fund an adoption that they greatly desire. But there are especially strong tugs at the heartstrings when a child is working to fund his own adoption. Showing humanity at its best, Tristan’s lemonade stand raised a whopping $7,100! Additionally, the family created a YouCaring.com account and raised even more money. Now, with a total of about $14,000, the family is all set to make everything legal. “She will be my parent.  I’m happy because I have a new mom who loves me,” said Tristan.

The full story of Tristan and his new parents can be read here.