CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A plate of pancakes could help raise money for the MUSC Children's hospital.
IHOP is hosting its 12th annual National Pancake Day Tuesday, with a goal of raising $3.5 million for Children's Miracle Network hospitals, including the Shawn Jenkins MUSC Children's Hospital.
The restaurant offered guests across the country free short stacks of its buttermilk pancakes. In return, guests were encouraged to make a donation to the hospitals.
The event continues through 7 p.m.
Nationally, IHOP is expected to serve more than five million free pancakes. When stacked, they would be nearly 19 miles high.
In 2016, IHOP raised close to $4 million for leading children's charities. Since the inception of National Pancake Day in 2006, IHOP has raised $24 million to support charities in the local communities.
"We have seven IHOPs across the Charleston area and those locations are fundraising locally for the Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital. I would love to raise $20,000 with IHOP this year," Amanda Mahaffey, the Program Director for Children's Miracle Network at MUSC Children's Hospital Fund, said.
That money will benefit children and families – like the Farr triplets. Kate, Elliott and Sarah were born premature – and had to spend their first two months in MUSC's NICU.
"They would not be here today if it were not for the hospital. There were a few times we didn't know if they would make it – but they did! IT was tough times but it was a rewarding outcome," Harriet Farr, the triplets mom, said.
Now, at nine years old, the triplets participated in National Pancake Day to support other kids still in the hospital.
"That's the take-home message for our family – you know we need to give back because look what they gave us," Farr said.
If you didn't get a chance to get your free stack of pancakes, but would still like to donate you can go here: www.imagine.musckids.org.