Five-year-old Jayden Sink, of Kansas City, 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 Baptist Church – yeah, the icky ugly bigots who picket US soldiers funerals. 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-pronged nonprofit set up in 2004 and aimed at spreading goodwill and equality around the globe.
So she painted a banner for the event reading, “Pink Lemonade for Peace: $1 Suggested Donation.” She put the stand in the grass and waited. But the waiting didn’t take long. Supporters came in by the droves and $1 turned into hundreds of dollars.
Now, Westboro didn’t sit idly by. They heckled the little girl, they shouted “bastards” at soldiers who arrived on their motorcycles to buy lemonade, they called the cops trying to shut her down. It only fed the event.
She not only raised $400 during the day on Friday, but she has also collected over $1000 with an online campaign set up through Crowd Rise. Some people donated as little as $10 and as much as $230.
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.”
I absolutely concur. Congratulations Jayden for being who you are and inspiring so many.
Thanks TRR reader Rayme for the tip!