You may remember the story about the Equality House, a project started by Aaron Jackson whose aim it was to paint a house across the street from the Westoboro Baptist Church like a rainbow in order to show support for the LGBT community Westboro’s members so often attack.
When 5-year-old Kansas City native Jayden Sink found out from her parents what the Equality House represented, she wanted to do something to help. Little Jayden decided to set up a lemonade stand with a homemade banner reading “Pink Lemonade for Peace: $1 Suggested Donation” outside the colorful dwelling. The money started coming in right away until, between the physical stand and an online fundraising site called Crowd Rise, she’d collected over$3,000 at the time of this writing.
According to The Huffington Post, representatives from Westboro tried to stop Jayden’s fundraiser by calling the police and sending people outside to yell profanities at its supporters (how very Christian of them!, huh?) however, their nasty efforts were in vain.
Jackson, a perpetual do-gooder, also helped found a nonprofit called Planting Peace in 2004 “for the purpose of spreading peace in a hurting world.” In an interview with HufPo via email, Jackson said,
“As we all know, the Westboro Baptist Church puts a lot of hate into the world. 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.”
If you’re interested in donating to Jayden’s Pink Lemonade for Peace project click here.