Just one sleep away from Dairy Queen’s Miracle Treat Day Thursday and the local franchisee is encouraging people to get on board as the net proceeds go to the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton.
Clint Schiller with the Lloydminster Dairy Queen says the tradition of support for the Stollery goes back to about 2002 and since about 2014, through the generosity of people buying their favourite Blizzard, they have been able to make their donations to the children’s hospital.
“Looking back, since 2014, I think we have given about $180,000 to the Stollery Hospital in Edmonton. It’s a good feeling. We thank all the local businesses. Every year some businesses get 50 to 100 Blizzards. Some get four. But they call every year and it’s always nice.”
Schiller says even with pre-ordering the line-up for people to get their Blizzard has been usually long, but staff are ready for the excitement of the fundraiser.
“We do as best we can. Obviously the lobby is closed at the moment for eating in. But I think the flow will be really good. It’s going to be lined up out the door, but we are going to have just as many staff in behind trying to roll through everybody.”
He says they will be taking calls on the phone and as well, Skip The Dishes has offered to skip the delivery charge on Blizzards for the fundraiser.
“If you got 10 Blizzards, pre-order will definitely help. Just give us a shout. Skip The Dishes is helping out, saying that they are going to forgo any delivery charges.”
The Stollery Hospital says 37 per cent of inpatients come from outside the Edmonton area and Miracle Treat Day is a perfect way for people to support the hospital.