KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Tuesday marks the 10th annual National Pancake Day celebrated at IHOP.
Customers can get a free stack of buttermilk pancakes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday at participating locations.
In exchange for the free pancakes, IHOP is encouraging people to make a donation to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals or other designated local charities.
Any donations in the Knoxville area will benefit East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.
East Tennessee Children’s Hospital raised $20,000 last year. This year they hope to raise $30,000.
IHOP has been celebrating National Pancake Day with free pancakes since 2006.
The breakfast chain says since then, they’ve raised nearly $16 million to support charities in the communities where they’re located.
The manager of the IHOP on Merchants Drive says it’s one of the busiest days of the year for them.
“Our kids they all harassed us last night and said it was National Pancake Day and that we needed to come before school in the morning so we looked at each other and said we’re in,” said customer Marissa Rogers.
All proceeds from the East Tennessee locations benefit hospital patients like Braden Cox.
“They diagnosed me with Type 1 diabetes and they sent me to children’s hospital to train my family and me on how to treat myself,” Cox said.
“We feel so blessed we’ve always had such great care while we’ve been at children’s and we have such confidence that we know we’re getting the best care while we’re there,” said Braden’s mom Kristi Cox.
Money raised this year will help buy medical equipment.
“They raised over $20,000 last year and they say they would like to raise $30,000 this year. We sure hope they can do that but obviously we need the communities help. Come out eat some pancakes for a great cause and make a donation,” said Erica Estep, public relations manager for ETCH.