Girl spreads peace after lemonade stand draws harassment - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

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.

Copyright 2013 KCTV (Meredith Corp.)  All rights reserved.

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Football/field house project approved in Trumann

    Football/field house project approved in Trumann

    Wednesday, August 23 2017 9:24 PM EDT2017-08-24 01:24:38 GMT
    Wednesday, September 20 2017 12:41 AM EDT2017-09-20 04:41:07 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    A plan to upgrade the football program at Trumann found the end zone Tuesday as voters there approved a restructuring of the district's millage rate. 

    A plan to upgrade the football program at Trumann found the end zone Tuesday as voters there approved a restructuring of the district's millage rate. 

  • Marked Tree approves millage vote

    Marked Tree approves millage vote

    Thursday, August 24 2017 11:31 AM EDT2017-08-24 15:31:39 GMT
    Wednesday, September 20 2017 12:31 AM EDT2017-09-20 04:31:52 GMT
    (Source: mtree.k12.ar.us)(Source: mtree.k12.ar.us)

    A proposed six-mill increase for the Marked Tree School District had clear sailing Tuesday after voters overwhelmingly approved the request. 

    A proposed six-mill increase for the Marked Tree School District had clear sailing Tuesday after voters overwhelmingly approved the request. 

  • Mexico earthquake felt at A-State Queretero campus

    Mexico earthquake felt at A-State Queretero campus

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 11:49 PM EDT2017-09-20 03:49:53 GMT
    Tuesday, September 19 2017 11:53 PM EDT2017-09-20 03:53:28 GMT
    Arkansas State University's official logo (Source: www.astate.edu)Arkansas State University's official logo (Source: www.astate.edu)

    A powerful earthquake in Mexico was felt at the Arkansas State University – Queretero campus.

    A powerful earthquake in Mexico was felt at the Arkansas State University – Queretero campus.

Powered by Frankly