FLINT (WJRT) (07/31/18) -- The franchise owners of Dairy Queen in Clio/Birch Run are helping to make a big difference in the lives of children staying at Hurley Children's Hospital.
Steve and Charron Hughes helped to raise more than $138,000, as part of Dairy Queen's continuing effort to give back to the communities they serve.
"We have some of the most amazing families, some of the most amazing children and they deserve the best, and thanks to Dairy Queen, thanks to Steve and Charron, we're going to be able to provide them with what we know that they need just to feel like normal kids," said Child Life Specialist Laura Parcels.
Some of those things include every child getting their own coloring book and medical play dolls, which allows them to better understand the procedure they're having done.
The funding will also allow for an interactive gaming system on the floor and a DVD player in every pediatric room.
Hospital staff have aleady purchased a piece of technology called a 'Vecta,' which helps with distraction and calming for special needs children.
Dairy Queen's Vice President called the special celebration a happy but humbling one.
"I'd have to say that i'm incredibly proud of what we do, but when I got an opportunity to actually visit a hospital and see how the dollars work, it becomes intensely personal," Said Dairy Queen Operations Vice President Roger Brewin.
This coming Thursday, August 2 is Miracle Treat Day at Dairy Queen.
A portion of every Blizzard sold Thursday will be donated to Hurley Children's Hospital.
Participating locations include: