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Kindergarten Student Raises Over $7000 To Buy Her Classmates Milk

Kindergarten Student Raises Over $7000 To Buy Her Classmates Milk”

Five-year-old Sunshine Oelfke was saving up her money for a snowmobile, until a recent conversation with a classmate changed her mind.

"Milk is important in our family, so it's very important for Sunshine's friends to have milk with her", Oelfke told CBS News.

"I asked what she was doing with the money... her reply was, 'I'm taking it to school!'"

Her GoFundMe campaign has been going for ten days so far, and today it surpassed its $5,000 goal - enough to give her classmates milk money until they're well into the fourth grade.

When Sunshine realized she got milk at lunch but some of her friends didn't have the same luxury, she wanted to help. "I'm taking it for my friend Layla", the little girl explained.

Sunshine kept a little book and started writing down the names of people after they began donating milk money for her to give to her classmates.

According to CBS News, half of the students in Sunshine's class don't get milk, which costs $0.45 a carton.

"I always tell my students when they do something that really amazes me, I get kindergarten goosebumps", Hausher told TV 6.

I'm thinking some other children at Birchview Elementary who can't come up with 45 cents for a carton can get in on the act because people like me around the country have already sent a cash donation - with a warm thank-you note to ... "I got kindergarten goosebumps from my toes to the top of my head". Within the first week they got over $600 in donations for "the little girl with the big, handsome heart".

"For her at the age of five to realise that there are other kids out there that don't get something as simple as milk for a snack, and then for her to want to offer her heart", she said.

But then Oelfke came up with the idea to start a GoFundMe page on October 6, with the initial goal of raising $700 to cover the cost of milk for the entire class for a semester.

Jackie said she's grateful for Sunshine's kind heart, despite the hardships in her life. Her mom is a drug addict and has been in and out of prison. "I hand deliver larger amounts to the teacher", says Jackie, "so every kid has the opportunity for milk every day, every month". "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".



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