IHOP serving up pancakes for a cause

If you’re hungry and have a hankering for some pancakes, there’s a solution for you that will also help kids at the same time, Nationwide.

IHOP restaurants, Nationwide, are expecting to serve more than five million free pancakes on National Pancake Day this year which, when stacked, would be nearly 19 miles high.

Locally, Susan Mendenhall, owner of both IHOP locations in the Tri Cities, says she expects each of her restaurants to give away about 1,800 stacks of pancakes.

It’s all part of the biggest day of the year for IHOP as they look to raise $3.5 million for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32-million treatments each year to kids across the United States. Since 1983, the CMNH’s has raised more than $5 billion, most of it just $1 at a time.

If you ask Mendenhall, a Tri-Citian in her 12th year of making this dream happen, she believes in her community.

“It is an amazing thing. We appreciate the Tri Cities,” she says. “You can always count on the citizens of the Tri Cities to show up and support whatever you're doing if it's for charity.”

She also says, with all of the hard work that goes into this exciting day, she says it’s one of the best feelings when it’s all done.

“At the end of a day like today it's a feeling of a job well done. That we have become a part of this community and that we are here to help support this community in any way that we can and if that means giving away pancakes to collect money for Children's Miracle Network to keep it local here at Virginia Mason Memorial then that's what we do. It's a good feeling. We sleep good at night."

Both IHOP locations, in Kennewick and Pasco, will be serving up pancakes until 7:00 PM tonight.

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