A youngster is taking on one of the most notorious churches in history, battling their message of hate and homophobia with a message of peace and love with her lemonade stand.
Jayden Sink is raising money for Planting Peace, a nonprofit organization that works to save the rainforests, supports orphanages and helps get much-needed medication to children in impoverished areas around the world. Her lemonade stand appears in front of the rainbow colored building which houses “Equality House,” a coalition of volunteers working on LGBTQ equality programs and anti-bullying programs.
Who is she going up against? The Westboro Baptist Church whose headquarters are directly across the street from Equality House, only 20 feet away. The WBC is notorious for their stance on homosexuality and uses it to stage protests of military funerals and the Holocaust War Museum. They have publicly celebrated massacres such as the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and 9/11on a platform of hate.
Jayden’s father, Jackson, was unable to explain what the WBC was all about so instead he explained what Equality House’s mission was and she was drawn in. In just a few days, she has been able to raise a little more than $200. Additionally, her endeavor on Crowdrise.com has raised more than $6,000 in donations from those who can’t get to Kansas to buy her lemonade.
Her efforts seem to be getting noticed. Members of the WBC stood on their front lawn Sunday, according to Jackson, and were visibly aggravated by her presence. Someone from the church even tweeted a nasty comment about it.
Jayden and her father remain undaunted. Jackson is moved by the support that has poured in since Equality House opened its doors three months ago.