DQ treats benefit BC Children’s Hospital

July 26 is the Annual DQ Miracle Treat Day in Castlegar and throughout BC.

Zander Bankes is excited about picking up a free frisbee and water bottle from Heather Hackett of Dairy Queen and Mr. Blue from Mountain FM during DQ's Miracle Treat Day on Thursday in Castlegar.

Zander Bankes is excited about picking up a free frisbee and water bottle from Heather Hackett of Dairy Queen and Mr. Blue from Mountain FM during DQ's Miracle Treat Day on Thursday in Castlegar.

Dairy Queen in Castlegar is serving up cool treats today. In fact, all proceeds today (July 26) from Blizzard sales will go to BC Children’s Hospital as part of the province-wide Miracle Treat Day.

“You can also buy a balloon for $1 and that money will also go to Children’s Hospital,” said Darlene Edwards, assistant manager for ┬áCastlegar DQ. “Your name gets put on the balloon and we put them up around the store.”

Last year, participating Dairy Queen locations in BC raised more than $348,000 for BC Children’s Hospital.

“We have had quite a few (children from the area attend BC Children’s Hospital),” said Edwards. “I know one young girl that I’ve known since she was little. She keeps going back and it’s really helping her out. I’ve been here for almost 19 years and we do the same thing every year. It’s wonderful. Really, really wonderful.”

BC Children’s Hospital is the province’s only full-service acute care hospital dedicated to serving the one million children living in BC and the Yukon. All children who are seriously ill or injured are referred to BC Children’s Hospital and are either treated at the hospital facility in Vancouver or, in consultation with specialists, in their home community.