Saturday, October 21, 2017

And a little child shall lead them

The village of Ishpeming is on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. That's snow country, and a five-year-old girl named Sunshine Oelfke lives there. Like most little girls, Sunshine has a piggy bank. She is saving to buy a snowmobile. But one day her grandma saw her open the bank, count the coins, and put them all in a zip-lock bag. Grandma asked why, and Sunshine explained, "I'm taking it for my friend Layla. She doesn't get milk at school -- her mom doesn't have milk money, and I do."

There are 20 students in Sunshine's class at Birchview Elementary School. Half of them cannot afford to buy the 45-cent milk cartons at snack time. Paying for all these children's milk would cost the school $180 per month. So Sunshine brought Layla's milk for her, and then gave her teacher all the money in her piggy bank -- $30. Sunshine and her grandma then started a GoFundMe page to help raise more milk money. News of Sunshine's compassion went viral, and the page raised $6,000. Her grandma says Sunshine does not realize the huge impact she is making. All she knows is that now all her friends are able to get milk at school.

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