In the beginning, it was just an act of kindness for a friend. Then, a 5-year-old girl named Sunshine Oelfke started it all. In the past few years, a storey about a kindergartner from Ishpeming, Michigan, who tried to help a classmate who couldn’t afford milk at school went viral on social media.
She emptied her piggy bank to try and help her friend. Jackie Oelfke, Sunshine’s grandmother, told CBS News that she was surprised when she saw her granddaughter empty her piggy bank on the living room floor.
That made me want to know more, she said. “No one plays with the piggy bank.” She told Oelfke that she was “taking it to school for milk.” My friend’s mom does not have milk money, but I have milk money.
Sunshine had been saving up to buy a snowmobile. She was willing to use her savings to help a friend, though. Next, Oelfke and Sunshine went to Rita Hausher’s class at Birchview Elementary School.
They gave her the $30 that Sunshine had saved, and explained what it was for, so that she could give it to her.
Hausher, who has often paid for milk money for students herself, said that she was deeply moved by Sunshine’s act of kindness. Hausher has often paid for milk money for students herself.
5-year-old Sunshine Oelfke—truly a personification of her name—emptied out her piggy bank on the living room floor of her home in Ishpeming, Michigan, and started counting. pic.twitter.com/7t8VC8R2B0— Lo Sivad #ArrestTrumpNow #EndTheFilibusterNow (@losivad) October 21, 2017
A teacher: “It’s been hard for me when I have had to say “no” to a student who wants milk.” thanks to Sunshine’s act of kindness for one student, it has grown so much that it now includes all of the students, which makes my heart feel good.
Sunshine’s class had 20 kids, and about half of them didn’t drink milk every day at school. In order for every child in the class to have milk at snack time every day, they need about $180 worth of milk each month.