5 Year Old Girl Spread a Message of Peace
I thought I’d share this really wonderful news which made me smile 🙂
5-year-old girl takes on Westboro with lemonade stand
A five-year-old girl set up a lemonade stand in front of the Westboro Baptist Church selling pink lemonade for peace. While the church, known for it’s bigotry, tried to shut down the stand, the young girl still raised more than $10,000 in the name of peace. Members of the community step out in droves to show support, even as the hate group tries to quash it.
Jayden Sink, with more than a little help from her father, Jon, sold “Pink Lemonade for Peace” from her stand outside the Equality House, a rainbow-painted building across the street from the controversial church’s headquarters on Friday. According to Jon, his daughter got more than $170 in cash and more than $10,000 in online donations through Crowdrise. The money went to Planting Peace, a nonprofit that owns the Equality House.
Supporters of the Westboro Baptist Church—which has become infamous for its homophobic protests at soldiers’ funerals—reportedly hurled insults at the pair and their customers, including more than a dozen active soldiers from the nearby Fort Riley military base who arrived at the lemonade stand on motorcycles.
During the day, Westboro sent representatives outside to try and find a way to stop the event. They apparently attempted to call the local police and stooped to yelling profanities when that didn’t work, like calling a group of soldiers who rode out on their motorcycles to suport the event “bastards.”
Westboro’s hate couldn’t stop Jayden. 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. One person gave $26, dedicating it to every person killed six months ago in the Newtown, Conn., massacre.
“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.”
“A little lemonade goes a long way. The world could use a little more sweetness.”