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Free offers for healthcare employees and first responders

Posted April 25, 2020 12:00 a.m. EDT
Updated April 27, 2020 5:34 p.m. EDT

Starbucks Sustainability Commitment Reusable Cups (photo courtesy Starbucks)

To thank healthcare professionals and first responders for their heroic efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses are offering free food and more including Krispy Kreme, Starbucks, McDonald's, Crocs, Circle K and others.

These offers are valid at participating locations.

Free Offers

Circle K

Circle K is offering free coffee, tea, and polar pop to first responders, health care workers and to their frontline store employees. See the details on their website.

Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme is giving away free dozens to healthcare workers every Monday from March 30 through May 11, 2020.

According to their website, "Beginning Monday, March 30 – National Doctors’ Day – and on every subsequent Monday through National Nurses Week (May 6-12), Krispy Kreme will provide all healthcare workers free dozens of our iconic Original Glazed® Doughnuts. Just go to a Krispy Kreme drive-thru, tell us what you need and show us your employer badge. That’s it. Pick up some free dozens on the way to work for you and your colleagues, or maybe a free dozen on your way home to family after a long shift."

McDonald's

McDonald's is offering free Thank You Meals to healthcare workers, police officers, firefighters and paramedics across the Triangle area and the country to thank them for their selfless service throughout this pandemic!

Each Thank You Meal will be available at no charge via drive thru or carry out from April 22 through May 5, during breakfast, lunch and dinner. The meals will be served in McDonald’s iconic Happy Meal box, in hopes of bringing a smile along with delicious food.

The offer is valid 4/22 - 5/5/20 at participating locations with valid ID. See all the details and meal options on their website.

Sheetz

Sheetz is offering free coffee to first responders and health care workers "in appreciation of their commitment to our health and safety as they fight on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis."

The offer is valid for hospital workers, police officers, firefighters and paramedics through June 1, 2020. See the details on their website.

Snickers

Snickers is offering to send essential workers a coupon for a free Snickers bar valid at Walmart as a token of thanks!

You just need to fill out the short form with the essential workers' name and mobile phone number and they will text the coupon to him or her. If you know someone who is working in medicine, as a first responder, or in retail, food service, transportation, finance or any other essential position, you can send them a free Snickers bar coupon!

They’ll receive a free SNICKERS® e-gift card redeemable at Walmart®. See the details HERE.

Starbucks

Starbucks is giving free coffee to front line responders through May 3. Any customer who identifies as a front-line responder to the COVID-19 outbreak will receive a tall brewed coffee (hot or iced) at no charge, according to their website.

The Starbucks Foundation is also donating $500,000 to support U.S. front-line responders. They are making "equal donations to Direct Relief to support the delivery of personal protective equipment and essential medical items and to Operation Gratitude to deliver 50,000 care packages and handwritten letters to first responders and health care workers."

Steak 'n Shake

Steak 'n Shake is offering free fries at the drive thru only, at participating locations. No purchase necessary. This freebie is actually open to anyone, including healthcare and first responders to thank and support their customers. Limit one per customer per visit. ⁣See the details on their Facebook page.

Crocs

Crocs is giving away FREE shoes to healthcare workers every day (Monday - Friday) on their website at 12 pm ET.

The number of free pairs is limited each day. The sign-up form will ask for your work email, state, facility name, preferences for shoes and shipping information. If you sign up in time to get a free pair, they will be shipped for free. See the details, additional shoe companies helping to sponsor this giveaway and the sign-up information at Crocs.com HERE.

Airbnb

Airbnb is part of a global initiative to provide free or subsidized temporary housing for healthcare professionals, relief workers, and first responders responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. See the details on their website.

Discount Offers

Big Lots

Big Lots is offering a 15% off discount to healthcare, first responders, military and Veterans for a limited time. The discount will be available until at least April 30, according to their website.

BP and Amoco

BP and Amoco are offering a 50 cent per gallon, single use discount code to use on your next fuel purchase when you verify that you are a first responder, doctor, nurse, or hospital worker. See the details on their website.

Dollar General

Through April 30, Dollar General is offering a 10% discount to all Medical Workers, First Responders and Guardsmen with work ID. See store for exclusions. See their website for details.

Hooters

Hooters is offering 20% off all food takeout orders every day for healthcare workers, first responders and military until further notice. Valid form of ID required. In addition, at participating locations, all customers can use promo code TENOFF for $10 off and free delivery on all $30+ orders via HootersToGo.com or the Hooters app. See the details on their website.

Nike

Nike is offering a 20% discount for eligible medical professionals and first responders in the US. See all the details and how to redeem the discount on their website.

O'Charley's

O'Charley's is offering 25% off for first responders and healthcare workers. The offer is valid with call-in or carry-out with valid ID or badge. See the details on Twitter.

Outback

Outback is offering a 10% off discount to nurses, doctors and medical staff, first responders and military. Plus delivery is free for a limited time. See the details on their website.

Showmars

Showmars in Brier Creek and Wake Forest is offering 10% off to healthcare workers who show their work id. See the menu on their website.

The North Face

From April 14, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2020 The North Face is offering a 50% discount to healthcare workers in the United States. It is valid for the purchase of non-sale items on thenorthface.com and at The North Face-owned retail stores in the United States. They are also offering a 10% discount on non-clearance items at their outlet stores to healthcare workers. See all the details on their website.

Walgreens

Walgreens is having a “Frontline Heroes Discount Day,” on April 25 and will be offering first responders, police and medical personnel 30% off regularly-priced Walgreens brands and 20% off regularly priced national brand products with ID. See the details on their website.

Additional Offers for Healthcare Workers

Nurse.org has put together a list of a number of other national offers and free resources for nurses and other healthcare workers including free childcare, eldercare and petcare, free housing, free flights, free parking, free mental health assistance, free training and more. See the list of resources on their website.

Grocery Stores Offering Special Shopping Hours

To support to working in healthcare during this pandemic, some grocery stores are now designating special shopping hours and more. See the list of offers and special hours HERE.

If you know of any additional free restaurant or retail offers for healthcare employees or first reponders at this time, please contact saving@smartspendingresources.com with the details.

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