5 year old Jayden Sink decided to set up a lemonade stand for peace right outside of the Westboro Baptist Church and even though the hate mongers tried to stop it, members of the community came out to support her and raise a lot of money.
Jatdens father, Jon Sink, founder of the philanthropic arts group FRESHCASSETTE – Creative Compassion, said she decided to set up a stand selling pink lemonade at The Equality House on Friday afternoon. The Equality House is a rainbow-colored building directly across the street from Westboro’s Topeka compound. The house, which was painted the colors of the pride flag in March, was bought by Aaron Jackson, one of the founders of Planting Peace, a multi-faceted nonprofit set up in 2004 and aimed at spreading goodwill and equality around the globe.
Jayden, who is from Kansas City, decided to set up her stand at the Equality House after her parents explained to her what most churches do is very different from what WBC does. After being told that the church across the street had a message of hate, she decided to raise money to go towards a message of love and peace.
She painted a banner for the event reading, “Pink Lemonade for Peace: $1 Suggested Donation.” She put the stand out front and didn’t have to wait long. Supporters came in by the droves and $1 turned into hundreds of dollars.
During the day, WBC sent people outside to try and find a way to stop the sale. They apparently attempted to call the local police and stooped to yelling profanities when that didn’t work. They even went so far as calling a group of soldiers who rode out on their motorcycles to support the event “bastards.”
Westboro’s hate couldn’t stop Jayden. She raised $400 during the day on Friday and she has collected over $1000 with an online campaign set up through Crowd Rise. Some people donated as little as $10 and as much as $230. One person gave $26 for every person killed six months ago in the Newtown, Connecticut shootings.
“As we all know, the Westboro Baptist Church puts a lot of hate into the world,” Jackson told HuffPost in an email Friday. “Since we cannot stop them, the next best thing is to smother it with love. That is what 5-year-old Jayden accomplished today! Jayden set up a lemonade stand in front of the church. Not only did she quench the thirst of a lot of loving supporters, the money she raised was donated to Planting Peace so she could help Planting Peace promote a more peaceful world.”
“Jayden represents the natural humanity we are born with,” Davis Hammet, Director of Operations at Planting Peace, added. “We come into this world compassionate, caring beings and only become hateful if we are taught to be.”
Please click here to check out her fundraiser and donate if you can.