MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Tuesday morning you can eat free pancakes and in the process help children in need.

It’s National Pancake Day, and IHOP is one place you can go to get in on the action. IHOP is hosting the event around the nation Tuesday, and they got an early start at the Bloomington location at the Mall of America.

Frank Thamer, the manager of the IHOP in Bloomington, said about four million free pancakes were handed out across the country last year. Thamer said anything that will support charity nationwide is worth the initiative.

While the pancakes are free, those that participate are asked to donate to the Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. All customers will get free short stack buttermilk pancakes, and if you donate at least $5, you’ll get a $5 coupon from IHOP that will be good at all locations across the country.

Becky DeRosia with the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals said the money raised will go to Gillette Children’s Hospital to help kids with short and long-term disabilities. She said the Minnesota IHOP locations raised nearly $64,000 last year. The money goes to help cover the cost of equipment, specialized learning devices and social work costs.

Thamer said those who donate as much as $500 at the Bloomington location only will get free short stack pancakes every week for an entire year.


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