LEE CO., GA (WALB) - Today is IHOP's National Pancake Day. People across the nation were treated to a free stack of hot cakes for the occasion, and it's all for a good cause.
As one table clears another fills up, the IHOP in Lee county saw non-stop traffic since 6:00 a.m. Tuesday.
"When I came in they were busy," Employee Phual Powell said.
National Pancake Day is back and stronger than ever. For a decade IHOP has celebrated today by giving customers a free stack of hot cakes. But there's much more to it than that.
"It's here to help the babies in need, we're here to raise $6,000 today," Powell added.
And the only request from staff is a small token of appreciation. Funds collected will go straight to the Children's Miracle Network. It is a cause that's close to so many including Powell.
"I had a baby that passed away. She had cancer so I know the meaning of this, the actual meaning of this," Powell continued.
And she isn't alone. "My sister she has cancer and she goes to the children's hospital on Atlanta so I think it's really cool what they're doing, " Customer Grace Collins said.
Those involved say they're proud to see the community pull together. "If this many people go to all the IHOPs they're going to raise a lot a bunch of money," Customer Rachel Knepp said.
Since the birth of the event IHOP has been able to raise nearly $16 million, a huge step for the company, but even bigger for those it touches.