Rachel Paige
March 03, 2015 10:23 am

Happy National Pancake Day! While this isn’t a federal holiday, or even a gift-giving holiday, it has earned a big giant gold star in our planners. Why would you NOT want to celebrate a day dedicated to pancakes? Our favorite pancake spot, IHOP, is so excited about it, that they’re giving away free short stacks of buttermilk pancakes. Yes, FREE PANCAKES.

IHOP has been celebrating National Pancake Day since 2006 (they actually are the ones behind the birth of this glorious pancake-celebration). It’s a day to come together with friends, family, and maple syrup. IHOP also considers it to be a “Day of Giving” and they ask that anyone who heads into an IHOP and grabs that coveted buttermilk pancake freebie also donates a small amount to charity. The big charity that IHOP supports is Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (a non-profit that raises funds for children’s hospitals), but there are other smaller local charities in on the giving, too. So, pancakes + giving back to the community = awesomeness for everyone.

Over the past 10 years, IHOP has managed to raise over $16 million for the charities they support! Wudddduuuup. That’s a whole lot of shortstacks. This year’s goal is $3.5 million raised, which doesn’t seem like too much if everyone gives a little bit. Considering that there are also over 1,500 IHOPs participating in the event, that seems like a completely doable goal.

“Little did we dream, 10 years ago, that thanks to the generosity of our guests, we would be able to raise $16 million dollars, one short stack at a time, and make a substantial difference in the lives of the children in our local communities!” Julia Stewart the current IHOP prez told USA Today. Hey, we can totally get behind anything that combines pancakes and charity.

So round up your friends, and head to your nearest IHOP with a massive appetite. You’ve got a lot of pancakes to eat.

P.S. Do all of this before 10 p.m. because that’s when the pancakes start to cost money again.

Images via here and here.