Front line and First responders are getting a nod of appreciation from Starbucks.

The Company says throughout December they will be providing a free tall coffee, whether hot or iced, to show their appreciation for their sacrifice in keeping the community safe through COVID 19.

That includes doctors, nurses, pharmacists, firefighters, police officers, dentists, mental health workers, active-duty military and hospital staff.

 

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First responders and health care workers can pickup a free cup of Starbucks coffee for the entire month of December, the coffee chain announced on Tuesday. The company said the perk was “in response to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases and to recognize the significant efforts of the front-line responder and health care community.”

Starting Tuesday through New Year’s Eve, any person who identifies as a frontline responder to the coronavirus pandemic will be served a tall brewed iced or hot coffee at no cost, the company said on its COVID-19 response page.

The company said those who are eligible to claim a cup of coffee include doctors, pharmacists, firefighters, mental health workers and more. Hospital staff, such as security or housekeeping staff, and active-duty military are also included.

There is no limit to the offer, the company told CBS News. Those who qualify can claim the deal as many times as they would like through the end of 2020.

“It has been an extraordinarily difficult year, especially for the front-line responders who are serving our communities,” said Virginia Tenpenny, Starbucks vice president of global social impact. “We want to show our deep gratitude for those who support and protect us every day with a small gesture of kindness and a cup of coffee.”

The offer can be redeemed at company-operated locations in the U.S. and select licensed stores, according to Starbucks’ website.

In addition, Starbucks said it has donated $100,000 to the National Alliance on Mental Illness “to support virtual mental health resources for front-line responders.” It also said it plans to surprise 50,000 frontline responders with gift cards and care packages during the holiday season.

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