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5-Year-Old Girl Sells Lemonade for Peace

5-Year-Old Girl Sells Lemonade for Peace

Her “Pink Lemonade for Peace” has raised over $15,000

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.

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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.

Street trading licence rules

  • To operate a market stall, you will need a street trading licence
  • There are two types of street trading licences: temporary and permanent
  • The application fee for both temporary and permanent licences is £75
  • You must be over 17 years of age to hold a licence
  • To sell hot/high risk food, there are several extra restrictions in place on a street trading licence

Source: Tower Hamlets Council

Westboro Baptist Church Calls Police On 5 Year Old Girl Selling “Pink Lemonade for Peace”

A five-year-old girl named Jayden Sink took matters into her own little hands and set up a pink lemonade stand at the rainbow painted Equality House, across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka Kansas to raise funds for the organization Planting Peace .

Well the WBC didn’t look too kindly on that as they not only attempted to call police on the little five-year-old and then stood across the street screaming curses at her and her customers when the Police decided not to interfere with her business.

“Jayden, who is from Kansas City, decided to set up her stand at the Equality House after her parents explained to her the significance of its construct. After being told that the church across the street had a message of hate, she set a goal of raising money to go towards a message of love and peace.

So she painted a banner for the event reading, ‘Pink Lemonade for Peace: $1 Suggested Donation.’ She put the stand in the grass and waited. But the waiting didn’t take long. Supporters came in by the droves and $1 turned into hundreds of dollars.

During the day, Westboro sent representatives outside to try and find a way to stop the event. They apparently attempted to call the local police and stooped to yelling profanities when that didn’t work, like calling a group of soldiers who rode out on their motorcycles to support the event ‘bastards.'”

But fear not, Jayden managed to raised over $400 at her lemonade stand thanks to the free publicity courtesy of the WBC.

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"A little lemonade can go a long way," and that's exactly what happened when 5 and a half year old Jayden Sink decided to sell her Pink Lemonade for Peace this weekend. Her stand was located in front of the beautifully-painted rainbow Equality House that is located across from the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church.

Bought by Aaron Jack of Planting Peace, a nonprofit dedicated to "spreading peace in a hurting world," community volunteers painted it rainbow in the name of love, equality, and philanthropy.

When Jayden's parents explained to her the significance of the Equality House, she decided she wanted to take her Pink Lemonade for Peace to the Equality House's front yard. Jayden's father is the founder of FRESHCASSETTE, a nonprofit organization that fosters "creative compassion." The apple doesn't fall far from the tree – or maybe in this case, it's a lemon.

We've all considered selling lemonade by the road to turn even a small profit, but it's safe to say that not many children choose to donate all the money they make to charity.

With a rainbow sign displaying "Pink Lemonade for Peace: Suggested donation $1," young lemonade activist Jayden made $400 selling lemonade alone. On top of that, Jayden's cause has raised over $18,000 for Planting Peace through CrowdRising, an online fundraising organization.

Westboro Baptist Church did their best to distract the young philanthropist by yelling obscenities and anti-gay slurs at her, but that didn't deter Jayden from her cause.

The moral of the story of Jayden and her Pink Lemonade for Peace is when life gives you or anyone else a bunch of lemons they don't deserve, crush 'em up and make some fabulous pink lemonade. You go girl!


The five-year-old made a plan to sell lemonade after her parents explained to her why the Equality House is so important.

The property was bought last year by Planting Peace charity founder Aaron Jackson, 31, and in March it was painted with the colors of the pride flag.

Gathering: Members of the local community came along to The Equality House including a group of soldiers from a nearby base on their motorbikes

Brave: The little girl carried on selling her lemonade for peace despite the fact members of the Westboro church called the police and hurled abuse from across the street

Plan for peace: Lots of people from the local community showed up to support Jayden's lemonade stand

The little bungalow acts as the perfect counter protest to the Westboro Baptist Church who are known for their 'God Hates Fags' placards and anti-gay preaching.

The two-bedroom house, which cost $81,000, now sits proudly directly opposite the founding base of the non-affiliated group which describes itself as a 'church'.

As the five-year-old sold her cups of lemonade for peace on Friday, Westboro sent members to try to stop the event. When local police ignored their request to make it stop, church-goers yelled abuse and even called the visiting soldiers 'b*******', according to Huffington Post .

Davis Hammet, Director of Operations at the charity, told the site: ' Jayden represents the natural humanity we are born with. We come into this world compassionate, caring beings and only become hateful if we are taught to be.'

Hysterics: Members of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas, pictured in 2011, hurled abuse at a five-year-old girl's lemonade stand

Promoting hate: Westboro Baptist Church tried to have the lemonade stand shut down by calling the police

Girl, 3, Puts on Police Uniform to Sell Lemonade and All Her Local Heroes Show Up to Support Her

A Missouri girl attracted much more than the usual neighborhood crowd when she put on a police uniform to sell lemonade.

Kansas City police officers flooded 3-year-old Hannah Pasley&rsquos lemonade stand after they heard she was having a little trouble getting her business off the ground.

Sierra Moore, a friend of the family, posted about the scene to Facebook, explaining that police officers, deputies, K9 units, mounted patrol, and even a police helicopter showed up at the lemonade stand, all to support a young girl who aspires to be a cop herself.

&ldquoWe just wanted one police officer, and then over 50 were there. This street was just lined up with these cars,&rdquo Moore told &ldquoShe&rsquos 3 years old, and all she talks about is being a police officer.&rdquo

Her mom, Amber Pasley, told that her daughter has wanted to be a police officer ever since she was about 18 months old, after watching the kid's show, PAW Patrol.

So when Hannah wanted to purchase a police uniform and prop handcuffs, her mother invited her to set up a lemonade stand to raise the money.

"We wanted to teach her the value of money and how you need to work hard to get what you want," Pasley said.

When she sold enough lemonade, Hannah went out with her aunt to purchase the costume, but Pasley said she still noticed her daughter feeling a little down.

"She said, 'I just really would like to meet a police officer," the mom-of-three explained.

Hannah continued selling lemonade in her new costume but after spending part of the morning with no luck, the family decided to call the police department, hoping an officer might drop by.

Shortly after, Pasley said they began flooding Hannah&rsquos lemonade stand. Not only did they pause to purchase a cool drink, they even showed the 3-year-old around the patrol cars, and introduced her to some of the horses of the mounted police force.

"They brought two horses for us to get to see and pet, and they brought the helicopter to hover over our house," Palsey explained. "She was jumping up and down and running up to complete strangers and hugging them like they're her brother or sister like she doesn't know a stranger when it comes to police officers. She's at home with them."

Strawberry Peach Lemonade

Life should always include a lemonade in hand when sunshine is a blazin’ during summertime festivities. And when I say festivities, I mean anything you do throughout the day. Workout out – lemonade. Going to the bathroom – lemonade. Walking the dog – lemonade. Yelling at the kids while they ruin the house since they are home from school for the summer – lemonade.

Speaking of kids, over the weekend I went to a BBQ that included all friends that either have children or are pregnant. For me, a person that has no yearning to have children at the moment, I still enjoy talking to people about their kids. I like hearing their different experiences, their ups and downs, the love for their children. I like hearing all of it. What I do not like is when they start hounding me about making babies, even after I say I’m not ready. Or tell me that my husband isn’t getting any younger. It makes me not want to have children even more, just to spite them. I just hate when people act like having children isn’t a big deal. It’s a big f*cking deal. And to someone like me, it’s a very scary deal. I just wish I had more friends that understood that, or at least respected it.

Sorry to get all deep on ya today. These situations just continue to happen and that anxiety weighs pretty heavy on me for a few days after it’s brought up. And it just feels like the weight is completely on me. Whenever these friends bring up having kids or are pushing me to have kids, it feels so disingenuous. Not like they hope I have kids to experience a love that is so incredibly pure, but instead, they hope I have kids so they have someone to commiserate with. That’s what it honestly feels like, whether it’s true or not. It’s just a weird time in my life that feels so private but so in the spotlight at the same time. It’s a weird place to be in as a woman.

Instead, I want to concentrate on a fun trip coming up. My husband has been wanting to rent a house for the whole family for a little family vacation for quite some time now. And we finally decided on Mexico. This won’t be until next year, but it’s still exciting to look forward to. If I was having a baby, we probably wouldn’t go there. Ya know, Zica and kidnappings and all that jazz. But since I’m without child and don’t plan on being with child, we can all go. And I can go to Aspen in a couple weeks. And the Caribbean in August. And I can also drink lemonade in a quiet house, filled with simple puppy snores. Seems like a pretty good deal to me. But who am I to judge? I’m the old 29 year old married woman that still isn’t pregnant. What do I know.

I just thought about what it must be like reading my blog for the first time, knowing nothing about me. Tough one to walk into. But I promise I’m positive 34% of the time!


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5-year-old British girl fined for running lemonade stand

July 21 (UPI) -- A father in England said his daughter was left in tears after being fined for setting up a lemonade stand.

Andre Spicer was initially excited at his 5-year-old daughter's request to sell lemonade outside their home, but said he "would have thought twice" if he were aware about the 150-pound ($194) fine that would eventually come their way.

"The lemonade quickly disappeared and her little money tin filled up. A happy scene," he wrote in the Telegraph. "And then, after about 30 minutes, four local council enforcement officers stormed up to her little table."

The officers read Spicer a legal statement explaining he would be fined for operating the lemonade stand without a trading permit and said the fine would only be 90 pounds ($116) if paid quickly.

His daughter quickly burst into tears and asked "have I done a bad thing?"

"She was very upset and had to watch Brave a few times to calm down," Spicer told The Guardian.

Spicer felt the difference between his daughter's stand and an unlicensed street trader should have been obvious and sent a tweet to the Tower Hamlets council stating he "realized there were broader issues at stake, including how society treats children."

Tower Hamlets eventually dropped the fine and a council respresentative offered Spicer and his daughter an apology.

"We are very sorry that this has happened. We expect our enforcement officers to show common sense, and to use their powers sensibly. This clearly did not happen," the representative said. "The fine will be canceled immediately and we have contacted Professor Spicer and his daughter to apologize"