IHOP is giving away free pancakes. Stay calm.

You know what's better than free pancakes? Supporting a great cause! IHOP is giving you the opportunity to chow down on a free stack and donate to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and Shriners Hospitals for Children. It's all part of National Pancake Day, which takes place Tuesday, March 12.

Visit any IHOP during store hours (some locations will be open late) to get a free short stack of IHOP's Original Buttermilk Pancakes. Then, make a donation with the money you saved. The restaurant will also be accepting donations now through March 12, so if you can't make it for free pancakes, you can still participate in helping IHOP reach its $4 million fundraising goal. You can also purchase a $5 wall sticker, which comes with a $5 coupon for a future purchase.

And if Original Buttermilk Pancakes aren't exciting enough for you, you can try out a new recipe from IHOP Kid Chef Champion Broady Simoncini. The six-year-old created a delicious combination of Buttermilk pancakes made with Oreo cookies and loaded with cupcake icing and whipped topping. Besides satisfying your sweet tooth, you'll be able to give back when you purchase this special treat since $1 from every sale will go to IHOP's charity partners. 

Why did Broady choose Oreo cookies for his recipe? They were the first solid food he learned to eat after making it through open heart surgery, an induced coma, and other procedures that saved his life. The recipe is as meaningful as the cause it supports. 

Back on March 5, Snooze Eatery celebrated National Pancake Day a little early by offering six different throwback pancake recipes, with the proceeds benefiting Stedman Elementary School.

And, of course, you can always celebrate National Pancake Day on your own time by donating to the charity of your choice and cooking up some pancakes of your own. Check out these recipes for ideas. 

Will you be snagging a free short stack on National Pancake Day? Let us know in the comments. 

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