The reason for free pancake day

By Jena Johnson - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -  Shriners Hospital volunteers waited patiently in the I-HOP lobby in Lufkin. As they watched customers walk in and out, their eyes were steady on the donation box.

"Our duty is to help raise money to support these hospitals, to help the kids under the age of 18," said Donald Morgan, President of Lufkin Shrine Club.

There's 22 Shriner Hospitals across the country. The Galveston Shiners Hospital closed its doors when Hurricane Ike hit last year. The Shriners volunteers hope that the "pancake" dollars could help rebuild it.

"It's a critical hospital for us, it's a critical burn unit for the children," said Morgan. "It's been one of the most successful hospitals for us."

Every stack of donated pancakes helps a Shriners child get the medical attention they need and deserve.

As hungry guests shoveled down pancakes, Morgan talked about his experience as a Shriner. He's been a volunteer for 24 years.

"It's been real rewarding. I've had some good times and some tough times. Just being able to serve the kids and knowing what I do is worthwhile is why I continue to be a Shriner," said Morgan.

Oppurtunities like this flapjack fundraiser are changing lives, but these Shriners are humble about their work.

"I'm just an average guy. I haven't done anything spectacular," said Morgan.

The Shriners hope to raise $1,000 at the Lufkin I-HOP. All proceeds will go to the children at Shriners Hospital.