IHOP locations are giving away free short stacks of buttermilk pancakes — but collecting donations — to celebrate National Pancake Day on March 8.

IHOP locations are giving away free short stacks of buttermilk pancakes — but collecting donations — to celebrate National Pancake Day on March 8.

Celebrate National Pancake Day on March 8

Proceeds from the free pancakes go to B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation

Pancake lovers can enjoy a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes on Tuesday, March 8 in celebration of National Pancake Day in Canada.

Guests at IHOP locations across Canada will receive a free order of pancakes between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on March 8. Guests are asked to leave behind a voluntary donation to B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Leading up to the day, the IHOP stores have also been selling ‘Miracle Balloons’ for $1 and $5 to raise funds.

Guests who purchase a $5 balloon before March 8 receive a $5 discount coupon for a future visit.

“Every pancake given away on National Pancake Day serves a purpose and over the last three years, thanks to the generosity of our guests, we were able to help so many children in need,” said Daniel Del Olmo, the president of International DineEquity Inc., the parent company of IHOP.

More than $60,000 has been raised over the last two years for sick and injured children from across the province.

“We know first-hand the incredible work that takes place at the hospital every day and our family is grateful for the care Maya has received,” said Gary Ahuja, whose daughter Maya has been a patient at B.C. Children’s Hospital since birth due to a congenital heart defect.

“Nothing can prepare you for having a sick child, but knowing that fundraisers like National Pancake Day are providing funds for the urgent needs of the hospital that saved Maya’s life, demonstrates the huge network of support for families like ours.”

The Langley IHOP is located at 19700 Langley Bypass.