MADISON, S.D. (KSFY) - Miracle Treat Day is Thursday, but one South Dakota Dairy Queen is already preparing blizzards. This is the 14th year the Madison location has participated in Miracle Treat Day. The store in Madison, SD sells the most blizzards out of any location across the United States. In 2018, the store sold more than 40,000.
Employees are making about 1,000 blizzards overnight each night leading up to Thursday to keep up with the orders. The owner of the Dairy Queen in Madison, DeLon Mork, said this is the best day of the year.
"We've just been fortunate to have a community that really is compassionate and gets the fact of helping a sick and injured child. I mean, who doesn't want to help a sick or injured child in their family, and Madison is a special place and they get that," he said. "I'm just proud to have lived and own a business in this community my whole life."
Miracle Treat Day is when $1 from every blizzard sold will go to the Children's Miracle Network. The funds raised locally will stay local and help the Sanford Children's Miracle Network. The money will help kids like Ben, who is now 9 years old. He was diagnosed with leukemia when he was 6 though. His mom said Children's Miracle Network provides childlife specialists at Sanford Children's Hospital, who have really helped them throughout Ben's diagnosis.
"The moment we step into the castle, we have either Kayla or Wendy welcoming us, helping Ben calm his nerves to any procedure that he has," Carrie Wieman said, who is Ben's mom.
"It's helped me go through cancer and do a lot of things, and if anyone is sick, like if they have a type of cancer, then they will help you," Ben said.
People can visit Dairy Queen on Thursday to purchase a blizzard. If you want to save it for later, you can buy blizzard coupons that can be used year-round as well at the Madison location.