Dairy Queen Canada calls it Miracle Treat Day.
In Osoyoos, raising $5,006.89 for sick children in the province, the annual charity event means no frowns, no grumpy people and a whole lot of hard-working fun.
“It’s the biggest day of the year,” said Osoyoos Dairy Queen’s Caron Keens of the August 9 Miracle Treat Day. “Bigger than the two others we’ve been involved with over the last two years.
“We had way more customers and we had way more fun.”
The 2018 effort was up from $3,595.89 raised in 2017 and $3,080.80 in 2016.
Community support made the day special for the Keens, who have brought a vibrant, sun-infused atmosphere to the Main Street restaurant.
The local Your Dollar Store With More had 100 helium balloons ready to go early in the morning and many businesses pre-ordered blizzards as staff treats.
All of the profits from every blizzard sold August 9 will be forwarded to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. Added to that are proceeds raised through the sale of Miracle balloons, donations made by local businesses and even a little tip money.
“Four of our girls get tips in the drive-through,” said Caron. “They donated those tips. That was another $120.”
The day didn’t come without a whole lot of effort, though, with staff working sun-up to sun-down to make the day a success.
“It’s just an overall good-feeling day. Our staff love working that day. They say it’s better than Christmas. There’s a sense of giving back and doing something bigger than we all are.
“We were hopping though, I’ll tell you. It was a mess back there in Chill.”