Pancakes are great, but they're better when they're free. They're BEST when they're free and for a good cause.

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals collaborate with IHOP once a year to bring us Free Pancake Day. On Tuesday, March 12, everyone is invited to grab a free short stack of original buttermilk pancakes. All they ask is that you donate what you would have spent on those yummy flapjacks to help sick kids through one of IHOP’s charity partners: Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals), The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and Shriners Hospitals for Children. The offer is valid from 7 am to 7 pm.

You don't have to wait until Free Pancake Day on Tuesday, March 12 to make your donation. You can click HERE to send your donation online. Or you can purchase a wall icon at restaurants before the event: According to FoodAndWine.com, a "donation of at least $5 comes with a $5 off coupon. And diners can choose to give a cash donation on their checks and in restaurants until the end of March too."

The closest CMN Hospital to the SouthCoast is Boston Children's Hospital. The closest IHOP location is in North Dartmouth.