Girl dumps piggy bank to help pay for classmate’s milk, starts a milk money movement

Girl Empties Piggy Bank to Help Friend Pay for Milk, Starts a Whole Movement

A little girl was sad that her classmate had to go without when it came to milk break in her kindergarten class, so she decided to do something about it.

Sunshine Oelfke dumped her piggy bank on the floor and started counting her money. Her grandmother, Jackie Oelfke, was watching her when Sunshine put the coins and bills in a plastic bag before putting it in her backpack, CBS News reported.

She asked her granddaughter what she was doing.

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“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,” Oelfke recounted online.

When she met with Sunshine's teacher, Rita Hausher, Oelfke found out that there are 20 kids in the class who don't have money for milk, which costs 45 cents a day, CBS News reported.

She shared her story on Facebook.

The post inspired people to pledge money for a milk fund for the class. So Oelfke started a GoFundMe to help pay for milk for the rest of the semester. She set the goal at $700. In a week, the account had more than $1,000 that will pay for milk for every child in the class for the rest of the year.

The goal was raised to $5,000, and donors have surpassed it and then some with more than $9,000.

Oelfke said Sunshine came home a few days later, “Guess what! My whole class got milk today. Layla now has milk money.”

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