Many visit IHOP for free pancakes where the payoff is priceless for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - It's not the coffee that brought a crowd of people to IHOP on Tuesday - it's the gooey goodness found in the stacks of free pancakes. From 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. IHOP served short stacks to hungry visitors in hopes of their voluntary donations. Those donations go towards the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals nationwide.

As part of the 10th anniversary of National Pancake Day, IHOP restaurants hoped to raise $3.5 million on Tuesday to bring the total amount raised to $20 million over the past 10 years. Owner Tim Barwick said the the Huntsville restaurant sees more business than usual on that day.

"We do probably triple the business we normally do on a Tuesday and that's giving away all the free pancakes," Barwick said. "Each year it just keeps getting bigger and bigger and we raise more and more money."

To donate money to the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, visit www.ihoppancakeday.com.