HELENA – IHOP’s National Pancake Day celebration is helping Montana’s only children miracle network hospital, Shodair Children’s Hospital.

Members from the boys Capital and Helena High School basketball teams had a pancake eating contest.

Customers were invited to visit their local IHOP today in locations of Helena, Bozeman, Missoula and Kalispell.

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“This is really cool, because we don’t have an opportunity to give back to the community a lot, and this is our time to really where we can really come together and help some kids out,” said Tyler Barnes, General Manager IHOP Helena.

When customers donate to Shodair, they received a free short stack of pancakes in exchange.

Peyton Koch, a Capital high basketball player said he had a strategy to devour the pancakes.

“One of my friends did it last year and said fold it; and I just used water to help it go down,” said Koch.

Each stack of pancakes help IHOP reach its’ goals of raising $5 million dollars for local children’s hospitals and health organizations across the United States.