Girl continues to spread peace after lemonade stand draws harassment
LENEXA, KS (KCTV) -
Many know about the little Kansas City metro girl who caught the world's attention for setting up a lemonade stand for peace.
The stand was set up across the street from the highly controversial Westboro Baptist Church headquarters in Topeka, KS, on the lawn of the Equality House.
Members of the church harassed her, calling her names in an attempt to push her off the property. But the community showed up in droves to buy her lemonade, which raises money to go toward anti-bullying programs.
KCTV5's Erika Tallan caught up with little Jayden Sink, as she was selling her pink lemonade on a Lenexa, KS, street corner during the Fourth of July parade.
It was the first lemonade she's sold since her run in with the Westboro Baptist Church, and this batch was a little sweeter.
"I wanted to show her that it's not all that bad out there, and there are a lot of nice people spreading love and peace," Jayden's father, Jon Sink, said.
Sink's 5-year-old daughter experienced the hate with her first lemonade stand. A few weeks ago, she set up in the front lawn of the Equality House to raise money for the nonprofit that owns it, Planting Peace. It promotes anti-bullying.
"When she saw a picture of the Equality House and painted rainbow colors, she thought it was beautiful," Sink said.
But the home is directly across the street from the controversial Westboro Baptist Church, known for lashing out against homosexuals and picketing soldiers' funerals.
Jayden's fundraiser quickly turned sour but, as word spread about the group harassing Jayden and her cause, people began donating online.
"Love, compassion and peace conquers the hate, and evil that the people across the street represent," Sink said.
So far Jayden has raised $22,000 and counting.
"I'm just very grateful and I want to thank everyone who's donated and supported us," her dad said.
Jayden is moving forward, pouring peace into the communities she visits, one cold cup at a time.
"Anything with love tastes a little sweeter," customer Jeremy Brooks said.
The money they are raising is going toward developing anti-bullying software that could be used in schools across the country to raise awareness, teach coping skills and support.
Click here for more on Jayden's pink lemonade stand for peace.
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A 5-year-old girl set up a lemonade stand across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church compound, and now the group is targeting her. Jayden Sink raised nearly $200 on Friday while she sold lemonadeFull Story >
A 5-year-old girl set up a lemonade stand across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church compound, and now the group is targeting her.Full Story >