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DETROIT (CBS Detroit) Who doesn’t love a decadent stack of buttery pancakes topped with maple syrup and anything else you can dream up?

More than 1,500 IHOP restaurants across the country, including metro Detroit locations in Royal Oak, Woodhaven, Ypsilanti, Roseville, Bloomfield Hills, Dearborn Heights and Detroit, are offering a complimentary stack of IHOP’s signature delicious buttermilk pancakes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday.

The offer includes one free short stack.

In exchange for the freebie, guests will be encouraged to make a voluntary contribution to the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital or other local charities. One hundred percent of the donations will help local charities provide vital equipment, life-saving procedures and critical care for sick and injured children, an IHOP spokesman said.

This will mark the eighth year IHOP has held National Pancake Day, which to date has raised more than $10 million dollars for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other local charities. In 2012 alone, IHOP raised more than $3 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other charities.

“Millions of free pancakes served on National Pancake Day mean millions of miracles for those in need,” said Julia Stewart, interim president of IHOP. “The concept is simple, but our mission is ambitious: to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible through Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

“We look forward to continuing that trend this year as we plan to once again flip and serve about 4 million free pancakes for charity.”

Guests visiting participating IHOP restaurants in support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals will also have the option to purchase “Miracle Balloons” for $1 and $5 each, throughout the month of January leading into National Pancake Day, with all proceeds going to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Participating restaurants will display the balloons in celebration of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ 30-year anniversary. Those who buy a $5 Miracle Balloon will receive a $5 off discount that can be credited toward their next visit.

For more information on National Pancake Day, or to learn about Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and make an online donation, visit www.ihoppancakeday.com.

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