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The Heartbreaking Tale Of The Boy Selling Lemonade To Pay For His Adoption

My eyes are welling up and I haven’t even gotten past the first sentence.

Tristin Jacobson was dealt a painful and unfair hand. At the tender age of five, Tristin’s mother abandoned him, leaving him on the doorstep of a homeless shelter on a cold winter night. According to the Springfield News-Leader, Tristin’s mother suffered from drug addiction and was prostituting herself for money in order to fund her habits.

Now pushing nine, Tristin longed to be adopted by his kinship guardian, Donnie Davis. Certainly not due to a lack of love, Davis was unfortunately unable to adopt him, and this broke her heart. She simply didn’t have the funds to adopt him, and adopting is a thorough and very expensive process.

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Tristin, however, was not ready to give up, not by a longshot. Tristin decided to put his math skills (his favorite subject in school) to work by opening up a lemonade stand, doling out refreshing drinks to passersby for $1. Day in and day out, this brave young man found the courage and drive to pick himself up each morning and head back to work, a lifestyle normally reserved for adults who have had the blessings of growing up with a loving family. He didn’t depend on others for help though; he made his own way, and nothing as ridiculous as money was going to impede him from making it to the top.

“She will be my parent,” he said in regards to Donnie. “I’m happy because I have a new mom who loves me.”

Despite all the legality issues surrounding parenting, Donnie assures everyone that regardless what anyone says, her love for Tristin makes her his mother, no matter what. “It means everything. He is absolutely our son. He is in our hearts. This is more for reassurance for him, knowing that he has his forever family and he has our name.”

Although he did eventually receive help from others (out of the kindness of their hearts and not because he asked), the young entrepreneur set a goal for himself of $5,000. In order to generate a little more cashflow for her little man, Donnie also set up a funding campaign on YouCaring.com and raised a whopping $6,900. Coupled with the $7,100 Tristin made from the lemonade stand and a garage sale Donnie and Jimmy (Donnie’s wife and Tristin’s other kinship guardian) put together, the little family of fighters raised a grand total of $14,000.

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Donnie embraces Tristin in a way that only a loving mother could.

Suffice it to say, Tristin (now Tristin Davis) climbed his way out of this heartbreaking story and into the arms of a loving family, making this a happy ending infinitely more gratifying than any Disney film could ever fabricate.

“There’s not enough words to say ‘thank you’ to everyone who has shown support or given us donations,” Davis said. “Everyone has made this possible. We will make sure this child will forever be ours.”

 

 

Source: Springfield News-Leader, WGNTV, The Ant Media, Saboteur 365, Fox2Now

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Once Again, Jimmy Kimmel Tricks Kids Into Thinking Their Parents Ate All The Halloween Candy

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Every year, that lovable scumbag Jimmy Kimmel tricks a bunch of kids by having their parents tell them that they’ve eaten all their Halloween candy. Guess it’s that time again.

Kimmel, ever the prankster, has been known to fool people continuously throughout the seasons. No matter the gender or age, no one’s safe.

Now to a child, and some adults, the spoils of Halloween are a sacred thing. We wanna be waist deep in the Halloween candy we’ve collected, regardless if we finish all of it on Halloween night.

Check out this year’s batch of poor souls pranked by Kimmel.

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20 Waiters Reveal the Worst Thing Their Customers Have Ever Done

Something about the whole served/server relationship turns plenty of people into mindless, heartless pricks. From changing diapers at the dinner table to hiding tips in drinking straws, here’s some of the worst things waiters have seen their customers do, according to the fine folks at AskReddit.

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These Teens Fed Parents Drugged Milkshakes for More Internet Time

Two California teenagers were arrested for spiking milkshakes with drugs that knocked out one of the teen’s parents in hopes of gaining extended internet time.

The Sacramento Bee reports that the girls, aged 15-years-old and 16-years-old, bought milkshakes from a local fast-food joint for the parents and then loaded them with “prescription sleep aids.” The girls hoped that this would enable them to bypass the household’s 10 pm internet curfew.

After consuming about a quarter of the milkshakes, the parents noticed that the drinks tasted strange and “grainy” and knocked out. At 1 am they woke up with unusual hangover symptoms but went back to sleep. When they woke up in the morning they experienced headaches and grogginess, causing them to head over to the local Rocklin, California police station and request a drug test kit.

The tests were positive and the teen girls were shuttled away to Juvenile Hall. Luckily, they weren’t adults or they would be facing potential prison time.

In an age where the internet seems to be the ubiquitous social hub for everything that is anything, teens often fear missing out on “once-in-a-lifetime” events, Gordon Richards, executive director of EMQ FamiliesFirst, told the The Sacramento Bee.

Although, shoot. I can’t imagine what the teens thought was so virtually important that it justified giving the parentals spiked milkshake punch. Unfortunately, Juvy probably has a much stricter internet curfew.

H/T Mashable