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These are the deals and discounts available to frontline workers during the pandemic

From mattresses to salads to new scrubs, brands and businesses across the country are offering discounts and free products to those on the front lines.

Cecilia Nibbs, who has worked as a cashier at City Fresh Market in Brooklyn for nearly 30 years, checks out a customer at the store on April 28, 2020. As the pandemic continues, grocery and other frontline workers can get discounts on varying products. Juan Arredondo/The New York Times

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While much of the country remains hunkered down at home to slow the spread of the coronavirus, there are many who still head into work every day — whether they’re reporting to grocery stores, hospitals, fire stations, delivery trucks or providing their communities other essential services, they show up. 

Now, many are searching for ways to say thank you in return through grand gestures like a recent flyover from the Massachusetts Air National Guard, or individual gifts, like a local shoe company donating new kicks to healthcare workers

Many brands and businesses across the country are also stepping forward to show their gratitude, offering discounts and free products to those on the front lines — from mattresses to salads to new scrubs. 

Below, see a roundup of the places we’ve seen so far where a variety of frontline workers can get discounts and freebies, often just by verifying their ID badge through emailed documentation or services like ID.me

For Healthcare Professionals and First Responders

Starbucks: Through the end of May, Starbucks is offering first responders and frontline healthcare workers free tall brewed coffees, both hot and iced.

Asics: The shoe company is currently offering medical professionals and first responders a 60% discount off all full-priced products in their online store.

Honda: First responders and healthcare professionals can receive $500 toward the lease or purchase of a new car.

Hyundai: First responders, healthcare professionals, hospital employees, and their spouses can now receive $500 toward the lease or purchase of a new car. The discount began on April 1, and is set to end on Jan. 4, 2021.

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Samsung: Samsung is offering a free repair for any Samsung phone, including cracked screens or battery replacements. With a valid ID, doctors, nurses, hospital workers, EMTs, police officers, and firefighters are eligible for a free repair on most phones through June 30, while supplies last.

Puma: The athletic apparel company is offering 20% off for select products. 

Nike: For a limited time, the company has increased its first responder and medical professional discount to 20% off most items.

Furnished Quarters: First responders can now get temporary furnished apartments in the Boston area for $79 a day. Discounts are up to 50% off regular prices, come with flexible lease terms, and go through triple inspected cleaning before a move in.

For all Frontline Workers

European Wax Center: Eligible frontline workers can receive a one-time free service of their choice. The offer will be valid until July 31. 

Care.com: Care.com is providing one month of free, premium access to the family care and support site. This offer is also available to seniors aged 65 and older. 

Otterbox: Otterbox is offering 40% off all its products.

Snickers: Send yourself, or another frontline worker, a free snickers e-gift card that’s redeemable at any Walmart. For every bar sent, Snickers will also make a donation to support first responders through the national non-profit, Operation Gratitude.

SAXX Underwear: SAXX underwear is giving frontline workers 30% off on full priced items. If any item on your order is on sale for less than a 30% discount, the company said it will refund you the difference for that item.

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Emma Mattress: Emma is offering an additional 10% discount off any order for eligible frontline workers. All you have to do is send an email to [email protected] and attach your proof of employment.

YETI drinkware: With the ID.me program, military members and veterans, first responders, and government employees can purchase select YETI gear with special pricing. 

Reebok: Reebok is offering 50% off for teachers, nurses, military personnel, first responders, and government employees.

Owala drinkware: Eligible frontline workers can now get 50% off their Owala purchase. 

For First Responders, Healthcare Workers, and Military

BlanQuil weighted blankets: The BlanQuil team is offering military service, healthcare, and first responder personnel a 50% discount off all their products.  

Under Armour: The athletic apparel company is offering 40% off all purchases. This deal also applies to teachers and educators.

Adidas: After verifying your ID, Adidas is offering a 40% discount for their online store. 

Merrell: The footwear company is now offering health care workers and first responders a 20% discount. 

Dagne Dover: After filling out a form, the bag company will give 20% off your purchase.

For Healthcare Workers

Mazda: Select Mazda dealerships are providing standard oil changes and enhanced cleaning services for U.S. healthcare workers. The program began on April 16, and is not limited to Mazda owners — it’s also available for most makes and models from other manufacturers. Find a list of participating dealers here. To schedule a service appointment, contact the dealer directly.

Uber: Uber Health is now providing free transportation for healthcare workers. To submit a request for a ride, fill out the form here

&pizza: Any Boston-area hospital worker can get a free pizza by texting a photo of their employee ID along with #hero to 200-03 and it will be delivered or prepared for pickup.

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Medelita: Medical workers can use the code FRONTLINES at checkout to get 30% off Medelita scrubs.

Crocs: Crocs is donating 10,000 free pairs of shoes a day with free shipping to healthcare workers. Due to a high volume of requests, there’s now a virtual waiting room every day and only a portion of those in line will get through to make a request. Fill out your request for a pair here

Headspace: All U.S. healthcare professionals who work in public health settings are now eligible for free access to the mindfulness and meditation service’s Headspace Plus through 2020.

NorthFace: From April 14 to Dec. 31, 2020, NorthFace is giving a 50% discount to healthcare workers in the United States. 

First Descents: The Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation and First Descents teamed up to launch HERO RECHARGE – a nationwide series of outdoor adventure programs for healthcare professionals. All programs through the series – including rock climbing, rafting, yoga, and surfing – will be free to healthcare workers. The Dunkin’ Foundation and First Descents are hoping to roll out the program in late summer or early fall as public health directives allow. To apply, fill out an inquiry on their site. 

Costco: With a valid ID, healthcare workers and first responders can move to the front of any line to enter Costco warehouses. This priority access is only open to Costco members. 

sweetgreen outpost: The restaurant chain is offering free meals and deliveries to local healthcare workers during their shifts. Head here to submit your hospital for a free meal delivery.

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Clarks shoes: Clarks is now offering 50% off one pair of shoes to healthcare workers. 

Purple: To say thank you, the mattress company is offering 10% off any order.

Know of a deal that’s not listed? Email us at [email protected].

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