IHOP celebrated its 14th annual Free Pancake Day Tuesday.

The "Free Pancake Day" event involved giving away short stacks of buttermilk pancakes for 12 hours, with some offering the deal longer.

Statesville’s IHOP, located at Signal Hill Mall, didn’t let being short a cook stop them from getting food out at an exceptional rate, with the manager rolling up his sleeves to help. Taking a momentary break from the kitchen midday, IHOP Manager Abdul Stone was waiting for an afternoon rush.

“This is one of our biggest days… once school gets out there will be a rush,” Stone said.

The day, just like its name suggests, is free, but donations are welcomed. IHOP partners with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Shriners Hospitals for Children to help children battling critical illnesses. Every dollar raised during the IHOP Free Pancake Day campaign stays local.

March 12 isn't the only day to help with this cause.

This year’s Kid Chef Champion, 6-year-old Brody Simoncini, created the OREO Oh My Goodness pancake stack and for every purchase of this or the breakfast combo, $1 goes to support IHOP Free Pancake Day charities through April 14.

"Our personal goal is to reach $1,300 today as we reached around $1,200 in donations last year," Stone said.

“Four million is this year’s national goal,” Tenesha White, a server at IHOP said.

For those who might not want to stand in line, donations can be made at

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