Sometimes it seems as though there’s not much good in the world. However, this story might change your mind. A five-year-old kindergarten student, Sunshine Oelfke, decided to do her part to make the world a better place when she discovered that some of her classmates were unable to afford milk.
Jackie Oelfke told CBS News that two weeks ago, she noticed Sunshine had dumped the contents of her piggy bank onto the floor, painstakingly counted her coins and bills, and then placed them in a plastic bag in her backpack.
“That piqued my curiosity,” Oelfke told the outlet. “Nobody messes with the piggy bank.” She asked Sunshine what she was up to, and the kindergartner explained that she was bringing it to school. “I’m going to take it for milk money. I’m taking it for my friend Layla,” she told her grandmother. “She doesn’t get milk — her mom doesn’t have milk money and I do.”
As Oelfke explained to CBS, Sunshine hasn’t had the easiest life: Her mother struggles with drug addiction and has been in and out of prison for most of the little girl’s childhood. “She’s going to have enough issues growing up with this,” Oelfke said. “I’ve never told her she can’t do something, and I didn’t want to start now.”
Unfortunately for Sunshine, her $30 wasn’t near enough money to provide for the 10 classmates unable to afford milk, which would come up to around $180 a month. Undeterred, her Jackie posted a video to Facebook which went viral, giving the pair an opportunity to raise funds for milk via a GoFundMe page.
Titled “Sunshine’s Class Milk Money Mission” the page has already raised over $7,500 in 11 days. Sunshine now brings a zipper-bag full of milk money to school every day. In an update posted on October 17, Oelfke wrote: “Yes, Sunshine continues to take money she earns from the night before to school each day for her friends to have milk. I will continue to take the larger amounts to school so no one in her class goes without!! I don’t know how long she will continue this but I do know I won’t stop her….anyone that knows Sunshine knows I can’t when she is on a mission…her milk money mission.”