I told you a few weeks ago that IHOP Restaurants raise money for children's charities every year by offering up a free short stack of their fabulous pancakes to their customers on National Pancake Day, which this year was March 8.

Their goal this year was to raise $3.5 million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, Shriners Hospital for Children and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Well you came, ate and donated and, because of your generosity, you helped raise $3.9 million.

This year, members of Kiwanis International, including their Key Clubs and Circle K, along with volunteers from the other charity organizations, generously participated at their local restaurants, reminding guests that these free pancakes had a purpose — helping children in their own community receive much needed medical aid and treatment.

The event is unique in that the money raised at each IHOP location stays within that local community and goes toward helping children in guests' own backyard. With this latest total, National Pancake Day has now raised $24 million for charity since its inception in 2006.

Thank you again for your contributions.

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