When 5-year-old Jayden Sink set up a lemonade stand across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church, known for its outward homophobia and protests at soldiers’ funerals, in Topeka, Kansas, she posted a hand-colored sign advertising “Pink Lemonade for Peace” with a $1 suggested donation.
Perhaps no lemonade stand has ever been so profitable: with the help of her father Jon, Sink raised $400 at her stand that day, and over $15,000 through the online fundraising site Crowdsource. “Let’s show Jayden how powerful philanthropy can be!” Jon Sink wrote on the site, which is still accepting donations.
Though members of the church arrived at the lemonade stand to protest Sink’s efforts, she received much more support from the people who flocked to buy her lemonade, including fifteen soldiers who rode over on motorcycles from nearby Fort Riley military base.
All of the proceeds from Sink’s lemonade stand will be donated to the nonprofit Planting Peace, which owns the Equality House, which is painted in rainbow stripes and is located across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church.