Pancakes for a purpose -- Free short stack on March 7 to support childhood illness at IHOP

There's nothing quite like waking up on a weekend morning and walking downstairs to the smell of buttery, fluffy pancakes straight off of the griddle – it's a familiar feeling of comfort we can all relate to.

That's why National Pancake Day, on March 7, is being celebrated at restaurants all over the country.

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Because if you can't wake up to a batch of homemade pancakes, it's safe to say that being able to pick up a free stack from your favorite breakfast joint is just as sweet a deal.

And what better place to ring in the holiday then the pancake mecca itself, IHOP?

This Tuesday, IHOP will be offering one free short stack of buttermilk pancakes – So yes, miracles really do happen.

2017 will mark the 12th year that the restaurant is celebrating the holiday, and they're hoping to make a major charitable impact while helping customers celebrate.

This year, IHOP has partnered with Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and Shriners Hospitals for Children in hopes of raising $3.5 million through voluntary donations on behalf of customers.

The restaurant has raised over $24 million for local children's charities since launching the campaign in 2005.

Darren Rebelez, President of IHOP restaurants, expressed his excitement in a statement:

"IHOP and our franchisees are honored to partner with leading non-profit organizations like Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and Shriners Hospitals for Children for our National Pancake Day event and help fight serious childhood illnesses. Year after year, we look forward to celebrating with our guests and fans, and are amazed by their generosity. Every pancake served on IHOP National Pancake Day has a purpose, and every penny raised goes a long way in making a meaningful, and lasting, impact on so many kids and families in our communities."

Pancakes for a purpose – that's some alliteration we can get behind!

The promotion will run on march 7 from 7 am to 7 pm, with select locations staying open until 10 pm.

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Arby’s 

Sign up for the email list at Arby’s, and you’ll get a free Roast Beef Classic with the purchase of a beverage.

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Bakers Square

Register for the email list at Bakers Square, and you’ll get a free entree with the purchase of a second entree and two drinks.

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Buca di Beppo

Sign up for the Buca di Beppo e-club, and you’ll get free pasta, plus a $20 gift on your birthday.

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Checkers

Become a member of the Flavorhood at Checkers, and you’ll land a coupon for a free order of large french fries with any purchase.

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Dairy Queen 

Brave the elements and join the Blizzard Fan Club at Dairy Queen, and you’ll receive a coupon for a buy one, get one Blizzard treat free. 

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Del Taco

Sign up for the Raving Fan EClub at Del Taco, and you’ll enjoy two free grilled chicken tacos, plus a complimentary premium shake on your birthday. 

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Houlihan’s

Give Houlihan’s your email address, and you’ll score $10 off, plus a free entree on your birthday.

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IHOP 

Enlist in the Pancake Revolution at IHOP, and you’ll secure a free full stack of Rooty Tooty Fresh ‘N Fruity Pancakes, plus a gratis meal on your birthday. 

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Joe’s Crab Shack 

Surf over to sign up for the Joe’s Catch E-Club at Joe’s Crab Shack, and you’ll get a free appetizer. 

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LongHorn Steakhouse 

Saddle up for the Steakholders Club at LongHorn Steakhouse, and you’ll get a free appetizer with the purchase of an entree. 

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Olive Garden 

Join the Olive Garden E-Club, and enjoy a complimentary appetizer or dessert when you order two adult entrees.

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Maggiano’s Little Italy

Sign up for the e-club at Maggiano’s Little Italy, and you’ll receive $10 off your next visit.

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Pizza Hut
 
Say “I do” to the Hut Lovers at Pizza Hut, and you’ll get free cheese sticks with a future online order. 

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Red Lobster

Join the crew of the Fresh Catch Club at Red Lobster, and choose a free appetizer or dessert when you order two adult entrees. You’ll also get a surprise birthday offer. 

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Rubio’s

Catch the wave with Rubio’s Beach Club, and you’ll savor the flavor of a free taco.

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Ruby Tuesday

Sign up for So Connected at Ruby Tuesday, and you will receive a free appetizer when you join, plus a free burger or Garden Bar entree on your birthday. 

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Sizzler

Join Sizzler’s Real Deal Eclub, and you’ll get a free entree.

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Subway

Sign up at Subway and agree to receive weekly text offers, and you will get a free 6-inch sandwich with the purchase of a 30-ounce drink. 

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Texas Roadhouse

Join the Texas Roadhouse email list, and you’ll enjoy a free appetizer.

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TGI Fridays

Join Fridays Rewards, and you’ll get “free food like chips and salsa with every Fridays visit,” according to the chain’s website. 

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Village Inn

Join the Village Inn e-club, and you’ll enjoy a slice of pie on the house with an adult entree purchase.

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