On National Nurses Day, Dunkin’ will offer free coffee and doughnuts to health care professionals

The company has also started a grant to help health care workers suffering from traumatic stress.

Dunkin' Donuts will give away a free medium hot coffee for every medium or larger coffee purchased on Friday.
On Wednesday, Dunkin' is giving away free iced and hot coffee to health care workers. –File

Dunkin’ wants to shine a spotlight on nurses this week in the form of — what else? — free coffee and doughnuts.

On Wednesday, which also happens to be National Nurses Day, the local coffee chain will honor the nurses and health care professionals who have worked tirelessly during the coronavirus public health crisis with a free medium hot or iced coffee and a free doughnut at participating locations.

Health care workers can simply visit a participating Dunkin’ store, say that they’re there for the offer, and complete their order. The offer excludes cold brew and nitro cold brew and is limited to one order per guest. A medical ID is not required.

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“As a brand with a long heritage of serving those who serve, we appreciate and honor the heroic work and unwavering commitment nurses and health care professionals show every day,” said Dave Hoffmann, CEO of Dunkin’ Brands, in a press release. “Their selfless sacrifices inspire all of us to come together to do everything we can to support our communities. We want people on the front lines to know that we have their backs and they can count on Dunkin’ to help keep them running.”

Through the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation, Dunkin’ has also announced a $200,000 grant to First Descents, an organization rooted in adventure-based healing. First Descents will use the grant to launch “Hero Recharge,” an initiative designed to employ adventure-based wellness programs to help health care workers suffering from traumatic stress related to COVID-19.

“Doctors, nurses, and first responders are on the front lines of the most devastating health crisis of our generation,” said Ryan O’Donoghue, executive director of First Descents, in the release. “In partnership with the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation, our goal is to address this trauma through unforgettable outdoor adventures that will nurture supportive peer relationships and give these heroes the respite and renewal they deserve.”

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