IHOP in Harker Heights offered customers free short stacks of buttermilk pancakes Tuesday to celebrate National Pancake Day. In return, they asked only that customers make donations to Shriner’s Hospital for Children.
Customers like Lily Urbina and her four children started pouring in early for the free pancakes.
Even though the promise of free pancakes is what brought many customers in, the meaning behind the day was not lost on some.
“Yes, it’s free food but the donation is more important than the food,” said customer Chelsea Powers.
Although other IHOPs have held the fundraiser since 2006, this is just the second year the Heights location participated. They began collecting donations for Shriner’s a month ago and raised more than $800 as of Tuesday, said Lesley Myles, restaurant manager.
Representatives from the West Bell Chapter of the Karem Shriner’s in Bell County, a subunit of Shriner’s Hospital, were on hand Tuesday to support the staff and interact with customers.
“We’re here for moral support,” said Arthur Kinsinger, Karem representative. “The idea is, since it is for the children’s hospital, that we be here and show them what we do and if they have any questions about Shriner’s Hospital they can ask us.”
Last year, the Harker Heights location collected nearly $4,000. Myles said the turnout Tuesday was much lighter than last year, but they were still able to raise about $600 for Shriner’s.
“Any donation is a good donation,” she said.