MINNEAPOLIS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Head out into the sunshine and grab yourself some ice cream … it’s for a good cause.

With large portions of the country (not North Texas – woo hoo) preparing for snow, severe storms or tornadoes on Tuesday, the first day of spring, Dairy Queen is handing out free ice cream cones.

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It is the fourth consecutive year that the chain has raised money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. In exchange for a vanilla ice cream cone, people are asked to make a donation to the non-profit organization that raises money for medical research and children’s hospitals.

Dairy Queen contributed nearly $300,000 from the event last year.

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