Who doesn’t like pancakes? And, who doesn’t love free pancakes? And, if you can get free pancakes while helping children in need, well, what could be better than that?
Tuesday, Feb. 28, is National Pancake Day, and IHOP and the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals will be celebrating—they hope with you—by giving away free pancakes.
Since 2006, IHOP has celebrated National Pancake Day each year, and has raised almost $8 million to support charities in communities where it operates. This year, on Feb. 28, IHOP is inviting guests across the nation to celebrate National Pancake Day at an IHOP restaurant near them and enjoy a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes. In return, guests are being asked to consider making a donation for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other designated local charities.
The goal for the 2012 National Pancake Day drive is $2.7 million, the 2012 IHOP National Pancake Day website indicates.
“Children's Miracle Network Hospitals raises funds for 170 children's hospitals across North America, which, in turn, use the money where it's needed the most,” the site explains. “When a donation is given, it stays in the community, helping local kids. Since 1983, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4 billion, most of it $1 at a time. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of our mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.”
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals was founded in 1983 by Marie Osmond and her family, John Schneider, Mick Shannon and Joe Lake. They had two goals:
- Help as many children as possible by raising funds for children’s hospitals.
- Keep funds in the community in which they were raised to help local children.
Today, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is one of North America’s leading children’s charities and, as of 2011, has raised more than $4.3 billion, “most of which is donated a dollar or two at a time,” the organization says.
Natalia Franco, senior vice president of marketing for IHOP, told Forbes, “We like this promotion very much because it strengthens our commitment to local communities. All of our restaurants are owned by franchisees with very strong ties to their locales, and they feel strongly about to giving back.”
For more information about Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, click here; to learn more about the IHOP National Pancake celebration to benefit local communities, and to find an IHOP near you, click here.
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