Flip it forward for the kids” is the motto IHOP uses every year to help a child one stack at a time.
IHOP is serving a bigger purpose today. For the 14th year, many people nationwide are getting their appetites ready to pull up a chair for a free short stack of pancakes. In return, the Children’s Miracle Hospital is raising donations for patients with critical illnesses.
As a nonprofit business, the Children’s Hospital relies on one of its corporate partners, IHOP, to meet needs that are not met by government funding.
“The money from National Pancake day stays local at your local Children’s Miracle Hospital,” says Grace Carryl, Children’s Miracle Network Developing Coordinator. “So we have four IHOPS in our market that are all raising money for Children’s Hospital of Georgia. When you go visit that hospital, all of that money comes to research and funding for equipment at our hospital.
The money also helps families, so no child will be turned away from treatment. And to celebrate donations, IHOP is filled with cheering and bells ringing.
“It’s to get the rest of the customers involved and to see what’s going on,” says Joesph Kilbirde, General Manager of North Augusta IHOP. “So it gets everybody’s attention and a little praise for helping the children.
Since it started 14 years ago, the campaign has brought in 30-million dollars. This year, customers are going all out to help reach the Children’s Hospital reach its 4 million dollar fundraising goal. Every dollar counts and the deal gets sweeter every time.
“They are the best in the world, besides my own.” said IHOP customer, Christopher Williams.