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Kindergartner Uses Own Money To Buy Classmate's Milk (Photos)

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A 5-year-old Michigan kindergartner has raised thousands of dollars to buy milk for her classmates.

It began in the first week of October, when Sunshine Oelfke decided to buy milk for another girl at school whose family cannot afford milk, reports KTLA.

So Sunshine withdrew the milk money from her piggy bank.

Her grandmother, Jackie Oelfke, wondered what Sunshine was doing, as she watched her put the money in her backpack.

"That piqued my curiosity," Jackie told CBS News. "Nobody messes with the piggy bank."

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When she asked her granddaughter what she was doing with that money, Sunshine explained: "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 own mother is reportedly a drug addict who has been in and out of prison, explained Jackie. "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 she accompanied Sunshine to school and forked over the $30 of piggy bank money to Rita Hausher, the little girl's teacher at Birchview Elementary School.

Of the 20 kids in Sunshine's class, about half don't get milk, which costs 45 cents per carton. That adds up to $180 a month for every child in the class to have milk each day during snack time.

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"Milk is important in our family, so it's very important for Sunshine's friends to have milk with her," said Jackie.

After dropping Sunshine off at school, Jackie posted a heartwarming video on Facebook to explain her granddaughter's mission.

In the post, Jackie wrote that her granddaughter's response moved her to tears. "As I turned my head to wipe my eyes, I handed Sunny her backpack and in it the baggy of money went," she said.

The video was viewed more than 1,500 times, and dozens of people offered to donate to the cause.

So Jackie started a GoFundMe page, with the goal of raising $700 to cover the cost of milk for the entire semester.

"Sunshine would like for all of her friends in her Kindergarten class to have milk for snack break every day with her," Jackie wrote on the fundraising page. "She ... started to count the money in her ... bank and stated..my friends mom doesn't have milk money but I do so her mission to help her friend began."

Within a week, more than $1,000 in donations had been received, enabling every student in Sunshine's class to get free milk for the rest of the year.

"Guess what! My whole class got milk today," Sunshine proudly told her grandmother. "Layla now has milk money."

"She doesn't understand the impact she's made," Jackie said. "But now she knows she can do whatever she puts her mind to."

Sources: KTLA, CBS News / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: CBS NewsKTLA

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