Organizations all across the area are reaching out to help ranchers affected by the October Blizzard. Dairy Queen is the latest addition to the list.
34 Dairy Queens in South Dakota are participating in the week-long campaign for the Rancher Relief Fund. They're using beef to give back to those who lost their cattle.
People who order burgers this week at area Dairy Queens are putting their money toward a good cause. The restaurant chain is donating a dollar from every burger sold to help ranchers affected by the October Blizzard. The idea started with restaurants in the western part of the state and quickly spread.
"100 percent supported it. You know I found out late last week that we were going to be doing it and I said, 'Great. It's a great thing to do.' It's a last minute thing to let the managers know about it, but hey, we just staff accordingly, change what we need to do because you know if we ever needed help, we would hope somebody else would step up too," manager Michael Schatz said.
The event began Monday and immediately got a positive response.
"I think it's great what they're doing. I would have been eating a burger anyway, but it was a real treat to find out they're giving at least a dollar for every burger eaten to the community and to those ranchers," customer Mary Harrison said.
The goal for the week is to raise $25,000 for the rancher relief fund, which means DQ needs to sell 25,000 burgers statewide.
"I would say we sell at least a 1,000 burgers a week. That would be a fair number to shoot from. Hopefully we double that this week, hopefully we blow it out of the water and we do our best to help those people out ," Schatz said.
Harrison isn't from around here, but loves to see the support.
"I think this is kind of the South Dakota way. I'm from California so it's really neat to see a community like this. The Midwesterns are really great about coming together helping one another out," Harrison said.
The event runs until November 10 and includes every DQ in Sioux Falls and Rapid City.