Most children have a piggy bank. They judiciously save coins and dollars alike in hopes of one day having enough money to buy something special.
When it comes time to cash out, most kids spend their savings on themselves. One little girl, however, had other plans for her money.
Jackie Oelfke was sitting in her living room when her granddaughter, 5-year-old Sunshine, came into the room with her piggy bank. Sunshine sat on the floor and immediately dumped the bank’s contents and carefully counted the savings.
At first, Oelfke thought her granddaughter was just playing with her money, but then Sunshine did something odd. Instead of returning her money to the piggy bank, she placed it all inside a plastic bag.
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“That piqued my curiosity. Nobody messes with the piggy bank,” Oelfke told CBS News. Oelfke knew that Sunshine must have had something up her sleeve.
She asked Sunshine about the meaning behind her actions, wondering just want plans her granddaughter had for the money. Turns out, Sunshine was spending her money on something that meant a lot to her.
Sunshine intended to use her money to aid a friend who did not have enough money for milk at school. Her savings, which amounted to a hefty $30, was enough to buy her friend milk for few weeks.
And with that decision firmly in her mind, Sunshine placed the money into her backpack’s front pocket. Oelfke was moved to tears by her granddaughter’s kindness.
Sunshine’s selfless act so moved her grandmother that she took to social media. “My heart is so full of pride and love knowing in a world where there is so much hatred, there is a ray of Sunshine with a HUGE heart that at the age of 5 LOVES everyone and always wants to help,” she posted on Facebook.
Though her sunny demeanor and tender heart wouldn’t tell the tale, Sunshine’s life had not been all cheer. Her mother was an addict who wasn’t often around, and her loving grandmother had picked up the role of grandmother and mother — but Jackie Oelfke had clearly done well with her granddaughter.
It wasn’t long before Sunshine’s story went viral. Kind viewers wanted to aid other students who couldn’t afford milk, and soon enough funds were raised on a GoFundMe page to support every student in the class!
Oelfke told CBS News, “She doesn’t understand the impact she’s made. But now she knows she can do whatever she puts her mind to.” Looks like Sunshine is a true ray of light in her community!