Surrender 68: National Pancake Day at IHOP

I discovered this yearly event in 2014, during my year of firsts. The restaurant IHOP, an acronym for International House of Pancakes, offers a free stack of their delectable buttermilk pancakes, for National Pancake Day. 


Enjoying a free stack of pancakes is reason enough to visit IHOP. However, this national chain encourages its hungry patrons to make a donation to Children’s Miracle Network, or other charities of their choice. 

IHOP has raised nearly 20 million dollars for charity since they began offering free pancakes in 2006.  Their goal this year is 3.5 million. 

The Joplin IHOP was a busy place this morning, as diners enjoyed pancakes and dropped dollars into a tall donation box. Greg, and daughters Elissa and Adriel, joined me in celebrating National Pancake Day and making donations. Thunderstorms moved into the area as we dined, but that didn’t dampened our spirits or slow the flow of customers. 

I enjoyed the double treat of buttermilk pancakes, drizzled with blueberry syrup, and the company of family. It was fun to chat and catch up with the girls. IHOP’s next event is their birthday celebration, in July, during which they will offer a stack of pancakes for 58 cents. I’ll be back!


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