IHOP serving free short stacks on this morning

IHOP restaurant sign is shown in Burbank, Calif. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

February 28, 2012 9:54:47 AM PST
IHOP restaurants around the country will serve free short stacks of pancakes on Tuesday as part of National Pancake Day.

Participating IHOP restaurants will serve the free pancakes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Those eating them will be asked to make a voluntary donation to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

The chain began the tradition in 2006, and claims to have raised nearly $8 million to support charities in the communities in which it operates.

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals raises money for children's hospitals in the United States.

Last year, IHOP served an estimated 4 million free pancakes on National Pancake Day, according to restaurant officials.