Vestal IHOP raises funds for children’s hospital on National Pancake Day

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VESTAL (WBNG) — IHOP is celebrating National Pancake Day by giving out free pancakes and raising money for a Syracuse hospital.

From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, IHOP is serving free short stack buttermilk pancakes. In return, it’s asking you to make a donation to Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. It’s a hospital that helps many Southern Tier families.

“It’s amazing that people would just like to come out and donate to a charity, support us,” said IHOP General Manager Melissa Malo. “This is the biggest day for us, we gear up for this all year long.”

IHOP in Vestal is joining others across the map to raise as much money as they can.

“We’re looking to raise five million this year and we’re looking to sell roughly world wide five million pancakes this year,” said Malo.

The hospital says donations can go a long way, which would help families in our community.

“We see upwards of 10,000 kids from that area a year from pediatric visits,” said Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital Retail Development Officer Danielle LaTour. “So it’s definitely something that strikes back to your community. Your kids are coming to our location for care.”

The money raised will be used in a number of ways.

“Things that insurance won’t cover,” said LaTour. “So gas cards, meal cards, parking stickers, things just to make the families stay a little bit easier to deal with so they can focus on their child being well.”

It will also be used to help with different services.

“Restocking our family resource center, providing entertainment for kids while they’re here, again for that sense of normalcy,” explained LaTour.

At last check the Vestal IHOP location raised around $1,500.

Esperanza Gutierrez

Esperanza Gutierrez

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