By Johnny Jackson
Area Dairy Queen restaurants are taking part in a fund-raiser this year to benefit the Children's Miracle Network and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.
Dairy Queen patrons can help support the Children's Miracle Network on Thursday, by purchasing a Blizzard at participating restaurant locations, during the Fourth Annual Miracle Treat Day.
In the Southern Crescent, the event will be held at participating restaurants, including: the Dairy Queen at 1630 Lake Harbin Road in Morrow, and the Dairy Queen at 7404 Davidson Circle East in Stockbridge.
"We do it every year for the kids," said Patel Parimal, Dairy Queen of Morrow manager. We try to raise whatever we can to help them. I want to thank the local customers who support us and help the kids every year."
Dairy Queen restaurants have been supporters of Children's Miracle Network since 1984, raising more than $59 million.
Thursday's nationwide event commits portions of the proceeds raised from Blizzard sales to the Children's Miracle Network. The funds will be used to support local children's hospitals, said Terilyn Walton, program coordinator with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.
Over the past three years, Walton said, the one-day event has resulted in roughly $145,000 for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.
"Each year, we choose a different area at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta to put the funds toward," Walton said. "This year, it's going to the Children's Asthma Center in Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding [in Atlanta]."
In the past, funds have helped support the pediatric intensive care unit and the emergency department at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, added Walton.
Past fund-raisers also have benefited the health-care system's neuro-sciences department and family support services, which includes its social work, chaplaincy, and school programs, and the family library programs, accoring to Walton.
On the net:
Miracle Treat Day: www.miracletreatday.com.