Young Girl Sets Up Lemonade Stand Promoting Peace Outside Westboro Baptist Church
TOPEKA, K.S.-- Members of a Kansas community are showing support after a girl set up a lemonade stand for peace outside the Westboro Baptist Church headquarters Friday in Topeka.
Sources say Jayden Sink, 5, set up a lemonade stand Friday afternoon outside The Equality House, a rainbow-colored building across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church headquarters.
A Kansas City native, Jayden set up the stand after her parents explained to her how significant the stand would be. After she learned Westboro taught a message of spreading hatred, she told herself she would raise money that would advocate a message of peace and love, reports say.
She created a banner that read "Pink Lemonade for Peace: $1 Suggested Donation." She then assembled the stand in the grass and waited. Sources say she collected about $400 from supporters by the end of the day.
Westboro officials tried sending out representatives to stop the event. They reportedly tried calling the local police and then began shouting profanities when officers didn't respond.
Jayden has since gathered more than $1,000 through an online campaign set up through Crowd Peace, reports say.
Jayden is the daughter of Jon Sink, who is the founder of the philanthropic arts group Freshcassette - Creative Compassion, sources say.
Aaraon Jackson, one of the founders of Planting Peace, painted the colors of the pride flag onto The Equality House in March. He said he admired Jayden's message of love.
"As we all know, the Westboro Baptist Church puts a lot of hate into the world," he reportedly said 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!"
Davis Hammet, Director of Operations at Planting Peace, said Jayden represented the "natural humanity we are born with."
"We come into this world compassionate, caring beings and only become hateful if we are taught to be," he reportedly said.