A 5-year-old girl from Kansas turned the Westboro Baptist Church’s sour lemons into sweet lemonade with a stand across the street, raising hundreds of dollars despite the church’s lame attempts to stop her.
Jayden Sink of Kansas City decided to set up her stand at the Equality House after she learned of the rainbow-colored domicile’s significance. The house was bought and painted by the anti-poverty group, Planting Peace, to combat the WBC’s message of hate and support equality and anti-bullying initiatives.
With that in mind, Jayden set up the stand, hoping to raise money towards a message of love and peace. She painted a banner reading, “Pink Lemonade for Peace: $1 Suggested Donation,” and by the end of day Friday Jayden had raised $400. Westboro, maniacally twiddling their fingers like the Disney villains they really are, sent representatives over to harass the little girl and her patrons, attempting to call the police and even yelling profanities. It’s called class.
It was all for naught, however. In addition to the dough she racked up at her lemonade stand, Jayden collected over $10,000 through an online campaign benefiting Planting Peace. Just where did this little girl get such an enterprising yet equality-minded approach to life? Well, for starters, her dad, Jon, is the founder of the philanthropic arts group FRESHCASSETTE – Creative Compassion. So the lemon, as it were, doesn’t fall far from the tree.
“As we all know, the Westboro Baptist Church puts a lot of hate into the world,” Planting Peace’s Aaron Jackson told The Huffington Post 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.”