When five-year-old Sunshine Oelfke found out that some of her classmates could not afford to buy milk at school, she took matters into her own hands. The Ishpeming, Michigan native was seen emptying out her piggy bank onto the floor, counted the coins and notes and then proceeded to place them in a plastic bag which she put in her school backpack.
Sunshine rarely lets anyone near her piggy bank and her grandma noticed, explaining “That piqued my curiosity, nobody messes with the piggy bank.”
When her grandmother asked Sunshine what exactly she was doing with the money, the adorable toddler sweetly replied “I’m going to take it for milk money. I’m taking it for my friend Layla, she doesn’t get milk — her mom doesn’t have milk money and I do.” Sunshine’s admission warmed her grandmothers heart and she was so proud of her, especially considering the difficult background Sunshine had had.
Jackie Oelfke explained that Sunshine had a non-traditional upbringing as her mother is a substance addict and has spent years going inside and out of prison. Oelfke said “She’s going to have enough issues growing up with this, I’ve never told her she can’t do something, and I didn’t want to start now.”
So Sunshine headed to her teacher Rita Hausher and handed her the $30 she had saved in her piggy bank. However, the $30 was not enough to cover the milk for all her classmates who were in need. Only half of Sunshine’s 20 classmates can afford milk and at $0.45 a carton, it would cost $180 a month to fund every child.
After hearing how much money they needed to raise Oelfke took to Facebook with Sunshine to post a video explaining their situation. The video went viral almost immediately with people being overcome with emotion from the kindness of young Sunshine. Soon after, Sunshine and her grandmother were given the opportunity to raise money for her class over the Internet.
The pair started a GoFundMe page titled “Sunshine’s Class Milk Money Mission” and in the first 11 days, they raised an incredible $7,500. Since then, Sunshine brings a bag of milk money to school everyday to ensure there is enough to go around.
Her grandmother wrote in post “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.”
Sunshine by name, Sunshine by nature!