Millions of U.S. citizens have taken the advice of government officials to stay home and practice social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Though many are adhering to these guidelines, essential workers like medical professionals and first responders are tasked with being on the front lines of this pandemic.
The unmatched generosity of those caring for others during this time has touched the hearts of many U.S. business owners, leading them to offer free products and services to healthcare employees and emergency responders.
Below is a list of what some companies are offering to show their gratitude.
Restaurants and Meal Delivery
Starbucks: Grab a free cup of coffee from now until May 3rd at your local Starbucks. The popular coffee house chain is providing first responders and medical professionals with one cup of joe per visit via pick up or drive-thru.
Uber Eats: Uber has promised to provide and deliver thousands of free meals to healthcare employees and first responders in the U.S. and Canada. Officials and organizations can obtain more information by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Krispy Kreme: Show your healthcare employee badge and get a free dozen of donuts every Monday at Krispy Kreme. This special lasts until May 11th.
Circle K: Healthcare workers and first responders can receive a free cup of coffee or Polar Pop by presenting an employee ID at any Circle K store.
Crocs: This well-known shoe brand is hoping to make long hours more comfortable for medical professionals across the country. Every day starting at 12 p.m. ET, Crocs will give 10,000 pairs of shoes to those in healthcare. You can request your free pair here.
FIGS: Popular medical scrubs brand FIGS is donating 30,000 sets of scrubs to hospitals over the next two months. The company is also sending weekly care packages to healthcare workers across the country.
L’Agence: This luxury fashion brand is giving away $500,000 worth of free denim to U.S. healthcare workers. To request your pair of jeans, email email@example.com with your name, job title and photo of credentials.
Housing and Travel
Airbnb: To provide safe and convenient places for those on the front lines of this pandemic, Airbnb is partnering with its hosts to offer free or discounted housing to 100,000 healthcare employees and first responders. In addition, the company is also waiving fees for the first 100,000 bookings.
The Four Seasons Hotel: The Four Seasons Hotel on 57th Street is offering free rooms to healthcare workers and first responders providing aid to those affected by the Coronavirus in New York City.
Hertz Car Rentals: Hertz is hoping to alleviate the transportation burdens of medical professionals in New York City by providing free, month-long car rentals.
Uber: In addition to its pledge of free meals and deliveries, Uber is also providing free and discounted rides to medical personnel.
Delta Air Lines: Free roundtrips are available through Delta Air Lines for eligible medical volunteers flying to Georgia, Louisiana and Michigan. The Air Line is also considering adding free flights to California, Washington and New York.
Mindset & Meditation
Headspace: To ease stress experienced during this time, meditation app Headspace is offering free subscriptions to anyone in a public health setting.
ModernHealth: ModernHealth is offering free virtual sessions and digital programs to anyone experiencing increased levels of anxiety or stress due to COVID-19.
Breethe: Breethe, a highly downloaded meditation app, is proving free memberships to healthcare workers, as well as launching a free meditation group called “Inner Wellness During Coronavirus.”
Acts of kindness from businesses like these show the country’s tenacity to come together in times of need. Despite the circumstances, this display of generosity is encouraging and shows a token of appreciation to those making daily sacrifices to protect others.
These kind gestures are what we hope will start a ripple effect.