As a means of expressing their gratitude towards the healthcare employees working on the frontlines to combat the novel coronavirus crisis, these businesses and restaurant chains are offering up tons of free goodies to hospital staffers and emergency responders.
According to an open letter from Starbucks president and CEO Kevin Johnson, cafés across Canada and the US are now offering free small coffees to anyone who identifies themselves as a front line responder over the course of the next month.
Although the North American branches are now operating solely as drive-thru locations, they will be providing the free coffees to police officers, firefighters, paramedics, doctors, nurses, and hospital employees until May 3rd.
“This moment in time, as the world is united in an effort to mitigate the effects of COVID-19, requires coordinated action by governments, health care providers, businesses, and people in every community,” wrote Johnson. “Working together, we are making a difference and, together, we will overcome this unprecedented challenge.”
International donut chain Krispy Kreme is also offering free boxes of donuts to health care workers every Monday starting today on March 30th for National Doctors’ Day.
“Just go to a Krispy Kreme drive-thru, tell us what you need and show us your employer badge,” reads the Krispy Kreme website. “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.”
Since Crocs has always been a popular non-stick, cleanable shoe option for hospital staffers, the company is also giving away free pairs of shoes through their online site.
Tropical Smoothie locations are also giving away 100,000 smoothies to healthcare workers across the US.
“In cafes across the country, the Tropical Smoothie Cafe family is working tirelessly to support our local communities, which are currently facing unprecedented hardship,” said Charles Watson, CEO of Tropical Smoothie Cafe, LLC. “Our safety is dependent upon the selfless, hard work of our local healthcare workers and first responders and we want to help them in any way we can.
“The 100K smoothie giveaway is a simple, but impactful example of one way we can show our gratitude and bring a smile to their face—one sip at a time.”
If you want to find more businesses offering free services during the outbreaks, check out this list from Thrillist.
This is just one of many positive stories and updates that are coming out of the COVID-19 news coverage this week. For more uplifting coverage on the outbreaks, click here.
Our family of franchisees and crew are tirelessly working to donate thousands of smoothies to those serving on the frontlines during the COVID-19 crisis. We won’t stop spreading smoothie sunshine until we’ve given away 100,000 smoothies to first responders. #InThisTogether 💚💛🧡 pic.twitter.com/kZjd4XseWA
— Tropical Smoothie Cafe (@TSmoothieCafe) March 29, 2020
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