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Happy National Nurses Week to all the kind, hard-working and exceptional nurses and healthcare professionals out there! This year, our gratitude is magnified exponentially as you take care of patients on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A number of restaurants and retailers are offering freebies and deals for nurses and other healthcare workers during the week of May 6 - May 12 to show their thanks including free doughnuts, free coffee, free meals and more.
Nurses Week was created back in 1990 and runs May 6 - May 12 each year. National Nurses Day is officially on May 6 and May 12 is the birthday of Florence Nightingale, who is often credited with being the founder of modern nursing.
These offers are valid at participating locations.
Chipotle is offering healthcare workers a chance to receive a free burrito starting on Nurses Day, May 6. You'll need to sign up on their website to be eligible for the giveaway. See the details HERE.
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.
C&T Wok in Morrisville
is offering a free lunch to medical workers, firefighters, and police as a gesture of gratitude. To redeem the offer, call the restaurant, place the order, and then come pick up the order from the restaurant (they will let you know how long the order will take). The offer is valid Monday through Friday, 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM, May 4th through May 15th, 2020.
There will be 7 dishes available to choose from:
GENERAL TSO’S CHICKEN
MIXED VEGGIE. W. CHICKEN, PORK, BEEF, SHRIMP OR TOFU
THAI SPICY BASIL W. CHICKEN,PORK,BEEF,SHRIMP, OR TOFU
LO MEIN (CHICKEN, PORK, BEEF, OR TOFU)
FRIED RICE (CHICKEN, PORK, BEEF, OR TOFU)
KUNG PAO CHICKEN ( SPICY)
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."
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."
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!
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.
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 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.
Free Kindle Nursing Books
Additional Discounts and Offers
Adidas is offering 40% off purchases on their website for verified medical professionals, first responders, nurses and military members. See the details on their website.
Big Lots is offering a 15% off discount to healthcare, first responders, military and Veterans for a limited time. The discount will be available through May, 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.
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 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 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 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.
is picking 15 'Everyday Heroes' and giving them a Tasty Pizza Care Pack and $250 during National Nurses Week and National Teachers Week.
"We want to highlight some of the hardworking individuals who are making a positive impact in our communities, and we're asking people to nominate heroes so that we can express our thanks," says Pieology's Vice President of Marketing Chad Bailey.
Pieology will pick 15 Everyday Heroes who will each win a 4-6 person Pieology Care Pack, plus $250. The contest prizes are sponsored by Hidden Valley Ranch, who also wants to recognize and thank people who put the wellbeing of others first.
"Hidden Valley Ranch is proud to partner with Pieology to honor Everyday Heroes, and honor the people who work tirelessly everyday to protect our health and teach our children," says National Director of Hidden Valley Kitchens, Chris Klimas.
To nominate your Everyday Hero: submit a story about them on social media, tagging @pieology and #everydayhero during May 4-16, 2020. Pieology will pick 15 heroes who will win a 4-6 person Pieology Care Pack + $250 cash prize.
People can also directly send pizza to their friends and family by visiting https://shop.pieology.com/. Pieology has just released a 1-2 person Pieology Care Pack that includes two (2) 3-topping pizzas made with their famous PieRise© Thick crusts, for only $14.99.
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.
Additional Offers for Healthcare Workers
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
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
On May 6, Dunkin’ is offering a free medium hot or iced coffee and a free donut to all healthcare workers who visit participating Dunkin’ restaurants nationwide, while supplies last. There is no purchase necessary to get this free offer. The freebie excludes Cold Brew and Nitro Cold Brew. There is a limit of 1 per guest. It is not valid on mobile orders. See the details on their website.
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.
Starbucks was giving free coffee to front line responders through May 3. 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."
On May 6, multiple Zaxby's locations in the Triangle (including Clayton, Raleigh on Harvest Oaks Drive and more) are offering a BOGO Big Zax Snak Meal with ID for nurses and teachers. Only one offer per vehicle in the drive-thru. This deal is only valid at participating locations Zaxby's locations on 5/6/20 while supplies last. Contact your local Zaxby's (or check on their Facebook page) to see if they are participating. See the offer on their Facebook page.
If you know of any additional free restaurant or retail offers for healthcare employees or first responders at this time, please contact email@example.com with the details.