Bright Side: IHOP offers free pancakes to benefit Children's Hospital of Illinois

By WEEK Producer

March 3, 2014 Updated Mar 3, 2014 at 11:31 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Butter and syrup will be in high demand on Tuesday as local IHOP restaurants give away free pancakes for a good cause.

Residents can head to any area IHOP Tuesday between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. to get a free short stack.

The pancakes are free, but patrons are encouraged to give a donation to the Children's Hospital of Illinois in exchange for the flapjacks.

"Through the programs that are funded, and that includes education, and toys and materials for even the library in our pediatric resource center up there on the fourth floor at Children's Hospital, these things really help kids feel like they are at home instead of in a hospital as they recover," said Kim Behrens, Assistant Director of Donor Relations/Communications at CHOI.

Since 2006, IHOP's National Pancake Day has raised more than $10 million nationwide to provide life-saving treatment, programs and medical equipment for children.