Whether the economy is good or bad, free food is always a good thing. Free IHOP pancakes are even better. You read right, free pancakes from IHOP and I've got all the details for you how you can get a stack and help out children's hospitals.

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 is National Pancake Day and to celebrate the day IHOP is giving away free pancakes. All they ask in return is for their customers to leave a little 'something extra'. The pancake chain hopes to raise $3 million nationwide.

During National Pancake Day, the company’s largest philanthropic event of the year, more than 1,500 IHOP restaurants in the United States, including, for the first time, Canada and Puerto Rico, will be participating in the 15 hours of pancake delight on National Pancake Day, when millions of free pancakes will be served from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. In exchange for the free short stacks, customers are encouraged to leave a voluntary donation in support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Shriners Hospitals for Children and other local charities.

This will mark the ninth year that IHOP has held National Pancake Day, which to date has raised more than $13 million dollars.

Also, beginning February 1 through National Pancake Day on March 4, participating IHOP locations in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico will also sell “Miracle Balloons” for $1 and $5 each to benefit the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. All icon proceeds will help provide life-saving care, equipment and programs at 145 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The Miracle Balloons, another way for guests to get involved in helping IHOP restaurants meet their fundraising goal, will be displayed throughout the restaurants. Customers who purchase a $5 Miracle Balloon will receive a $5 off coupon that can be used during their next dining visit.

For more information on National Pancake Day, visit www.ihoppancakeday.com.

Click here to find the IHOP nearest you.

IHOP in Abilene is located at 3750 South Clack. Their phone number is 325-695-2432.

So, get your belly ready for free pancakes, but don't be a scrooge...leave a little for the kids.