“Buy a blizzard treat and make a miracle” was the slogan yesterday at the Dairy Queen in Meridian. The “grill and chill” restaurant was participating in the nationwide Miracle Treat Day to help children’s hospitals.
“Right now children are probably 25 percent of our population, but they are 100 percent of our future. So keeping them happy and healthy is our number one goal,” said Denise Johnson, who owns the Dairy Queen franchise.
On Miracle Treat Day, one dollar or more from every blizzard treat sold at participating Dairy Queen locations will be donated to local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
The only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in Mississippi is Batson Children’s Hospital in Jackson.
“Batson is Mississippi’s only children’s hospital. So the money from fundraisers like Dairy Queen’s Miracle Treat Day and from our other sponsors, they help keep the hospital a children’s hospital,” said Casey Smith, a Children’s Miracle Network coordinator for Batson Children’s Hospital.
Lots of customers stopped by to support the effort.
“We have some great turnout. We have call in orders that maybe ordered 20 for an office or business or pharmaceutical reps. We have them come in and get them for places that they visit,” said Johnson.
Miss Deep River, who was a runner-up for Miss Mississippi, even came through.
“Being in the Miss Mississippi program, we donate to children every time we do a pageant, every time we do a prelim. So it’s something I’ve grown up with. You get to meet the children. You get to get close to them. So I’m always excited to donate where I can,” said Mia Hall.
Last year, Batson Children’s Hospital treated over 150,000 children for illnesses or injuries. Smith said the money from Miracle Treat Day will help the hospital continue its care to children.
“Anything from special x-ray machines to books and toys and the staff, is what makes it a children’s hospital, and where the children do not have to go out of state to get that same care.”