IHOP asks patrons to give to charity

Next week might be a good time to hop on over to IHOP.

Not only will customers be able to get free pancakes, they can help out a charity.

More commonly known as IHOP, the International House of Pancakes Inc. is celebrating National Pancake Day on Tuesday, according to a news release.

That day, customers can enjoy a free short stack of IHOP’s signature buttermilk pancakes from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. In return, customers are asked to donate what they would have paid for the free pancakes or more to their local children’s hospital or another worthy cause.

The event is held to help raise $1 million for Children’s Miracle Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children’s hospitals and other worthy causes, the release stated.

This is the fourth year for the event and all of IHOP’s nearly 1,400 restaurants in the United States are participating. In 2008, IHOP gave away more than 1.5 million pancakes and raised more than $875,000 in support of Children’s Miracle Network and other local charities, exceeding its goal to raise $750,000, the release stated.

For more information about IHOP’s National Pancake Day, or to learn more about Children’s Miracle Network and make an online donation, visit