Local Dairy Queen’s Support CMN with Miracle Treat Day 

Catherine Pegram

With weather like this, most ice cream shops are quite busy.But it’s been a blizzard of activity at local Dairy Queen’s.Shops throughout the area are selling their trademark treats to support the Children’s Miracle Network.All this whirring and stirring isn’t just about making customers happy, it’s also about helping kids like Brandon Morris. “It’s a good way to raise money – to help the people get better.”For every Blizzard bought on Thursday, a portion of the sales goes to Children’s Miracle Network. Director Josh Scroggins says the money will help cover the costs of pediatric medical equipment at hospitals in Eastern, Central and Northern Maine. “When a family is having to travel of out state to have their child receive treatment, it puts another strain on the family. And so things like Miracle Treat Day where they’re raising funds will allow us to be able to buy this equipment that will hopefully keep their kids local while they’re receiving the treatment they need.”The Dairy Queen on Broadway in Bangor prepared for the busy day by doubling up staff.Each Blizzard they make means a $2 donation to CMN. Store manager Ben Bambrick says “We’re hoping to get the same, if not surpass the $5,700 we were able to raise last year.”Even this year’s Miss Maine, Arikka Knights, stopped by for a made to order treat. She says “The individuals who are receiving medical treatment, they’re part of the future of our communities. And it’s just a great organization to provide medical care and medical research to help those children get better.”Thanks, in part, to a fundraiser that doesn’t get much cooler.”To be able to come in and help the Children’s Miracle Network while eating an ice cream – it’s just a win, win, all the way around.”Since 1984, Dairy Queen has raised more than $81 million for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals across the country.