When Sunshine Oelkfe from Michigan, who turned six in November, saw that not all of her classmates drank milk for lunch, she donated all of her pocket money to buy it.
The girl’s kindness helped her raise staggering $14,000 in just two months to help much more kids.
Having returned from school one day, the 5-year-old didn’t think twice.
Sunshine took a piggy bank with the money she had been saving for her first snowmobile and emptied it on the floor.
When Sunshine’s grandmother Jackie saw it, she asked what the little girl was going to do with the money.
Sunshine replied without hesitation:
“I am going to give it to my friend at school because she [doesn’t] get milk for snack. Her mom [doesn’t] have any milk money and I do.”
There are 20 kids in Sunshine’s class and about half do not get milk for lunch. It costs $0.45 a carton.
The next day Jackie and Sunshine met with kindergarten teacher and handed her the $30 the Sunshine had saved. They explained her what the extra money was for.
The proud grandmother posted a heartwarming message, in which she explained her granddaughter’s mission, on Facebook.
The video went viral and has been viewed more than 25K times since October.
After that, dozens of people offered to donate to milk money fund.
So Jackie started a GoFundMe page, hoping to raise $800 to purchase milk for Sunshine’s entire class for the second semester of the school year.
The campaign surpassed all expectations.
People were so touched by the girl’s generous act, they have donated over $14,000.
This sum will allow to buy milk for the entire Sunshine’s class for the rest of the school year.
The 5-year-old was raised in a non-traditional household, Jackie Oelfke explained to Whynots:
“Sunshine has lived with me since birth. I had to get my foster care license in order to keep her with me. I now have custody but she she still part of the foster care system.
There are many kids in the system with drug addicted parents, like Sunshine.”
People thanked Sunshine and sent her warm words and wishes:
Today Jackie has different plans for the money raised. For example, she is thinking of donating part of it to help other kids with drug addicted parents.
They have made a large donation to the school to help kids who don’t get hot lunch or don’t get to go on field trips, Jackie told Whynots.
What makes the story even more exciting is that Sunshine’s kindness to others paid in the most awesome way for her.
In November Arctic Cat, a producer of snowmobiles, surprised Sunshine at school.
The company gifted the girl her own sled and winter gear and made a money donation to the school.
Thanks, Sunshine, for setting such an enormous example for all ages!