Shriners man the doors of the IHOP on Friday, following an announcement that the International House of Pancakes will be hosting its annual IHOP National Pancakes Day on Tuesday, raising money for Shriners Hospital. (Mark Wilson Photo)
Roswell Shriners greeted IHOP patrons Friday to raise awareness of their annual Hospital Fund Drive, which will be held Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on National Pancake Day.
On that day, IHOP, 2304 N. Main St., will give free short stacks of pancakes to customers, asking in return for a donation to support Shriners Hospitals for Children, a system of 22 hospitals that have provided free pediatric medical care for more than 90 years. For every dollar donated, 90 cents goes directly to patient care and research.
Shriners Vice President Dick Smith said the hospitals are supported entirely through contributions and cost $2.2 million to operate daily. Last year, the drive helped the hospitals treat more than 121,000 children.
“We’re very proud of what we’ve done as far as helping kids,” he said. “We’re always looking for kids to help.”
Mayor Del Jurney has proclaimed Tuesday, Feb. 5, “IHOP’s National Pancake Day and Shriners Hospitals for Children Day.”
IHOP manager Mike Aziz, said National Pancake Day is quite busy for the Roswell location. In 2012, donations given at the restaurant ranked it first in the state and seventh in the nation.
The Shriners are collecting donations through Tuesday to give as many people the chance to contribute as possible, said Smith.
Shriner Johnny Barajas said when a person donates, they will have the option to write their name on a card to be featured on a wall inside the restaurant.
“A lot of people don’t want to sign anything,” he said. “They just donate anyway.”
For more information about Shriners Hospitals for Children or to get an application form, call Roswell Shriners at 626-1356.