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It’s National Pancake Day.  That means you can stop by your local IHOP from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. today and get a free short stack on the house. There are really no requirements to receive the short stack, but IHOP does want you to consider making a contribution to the Children’s Miracle Network.

Since beginning its National Pancake Day celebration in 2006, IHOP has raised more than $3.25 million to support charities in the communities in which it operates. While IHOP’s National Pancake Day typically takes place on Shrove Tuesday (also known as Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras Tuesday); however, this year the company will host its free pancake event today, Tuesday, February 23, extending the fundraising window by one week to maximize donations for Children’s Miracle Network.

Shrove Tuesday dates back several centuries to when the English prepped for fasting during Lent. Strict rules prohibited the eating of all dairy products during Lent, so pancakes were made to use up the supply of eggs, milk, butter and other dairy products, hence the name Pancake Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday.

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