Free pancakes at IHOP in honor of Shriners Hospital

Chandler Cox opens wide for a bite of pancake at IHOP Tuesday morning. His pancakes were free but he plans on giving a donation to Shriners Hospitals in return.

A short stack of fluffy buttermilk pancakes spread with whipped butter and dripping with warm maple syrup will not only leave your belly happy, it could save the life of a child.

The IHOP restaurant chain was celebrating National Pancake Day Tuesday by giving away free flapjacks and collecting donations for their favorite charities.

The Grand Junction location has chosen Shriners Hospitals as the recipient of the all-day charity drive. “Many people have already given very generous donations this morning,” said Tiffani Simonton, general manager.

Simonton explained that this is the fifth year that the Grand Junction location has raised money for the Shriners. All of the donations are given to the local Shriners club, who pass the money along to the national club.

Local club members were dressed as clowns Tuesday — laughing, thanking customers and handing out colorful balloons to the children who were dining in the restaurant.

The money supports 21 hospitals and 2 burn centers, including facilities in Mexico and Canada. The centers treat children, free of charge, for such ailments as orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft palates. It also pays for the family’s transportation and lodging during the child’s hospital stay.

“A lot of our customers are Shriners,” Simonton said. “We really appreciate our customers and their donations.”

The local restaurant has a goal to raise $2,000 through Tuesday’s event, which ends at 10 p.m. Last year, a total of $1,400 was raised.

Nationally, IHOP has a goal of raising $1.75 million this year.


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