To all the men and women who have helped serve our country during this time, we thank you. To express gratitude to all of those on the front line, RetailMeNot has rounded up deals and freebies exclusive to health care workers, first responders, military personnel, and anyone who qualifies as a front line hero.
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As a thank you to first responders and front-line workers, they can receive 25% off your order. Please present your industry ID.
Health care workers, first responders, and military personnel can get a free any-size hot or iced coffee. This includes police officers, firefighters, active military, paramedics, doctors, nurses, hospital and medical staff, and medical researchers.
When: Still ongoing
Every Delta Sonic location with a Brick Oven will offer a free meal to “all doctors, nurses, EMTs, firefighters and police officers with a valid ID.”
When: Still ongoing
Fazoli’s is offering all restaurant workers a Regular Spaghetti with meat sauce or marinara and a small drink for $2.99 for a limited time. Just show your restaurant name tag, uniform, or pay stub to get the deal. You can only get it through the drive-through window.
Home Chef is proud to support doctors, nurses, hospital employees, first responders, military, and teachers. Verify with ID.me at checkout to start receiving your exclusive discount, like 50% off their first order and 10% off other orders.
Hospital workers, first responders, and the military get 20% off. Show your work ID for pickup orders, or for online orders choose the “Pay at Store” option.
When: Ongoing since 2020
Get 25% off your entire check if you’re a medical, law enforcement, military, and firefighter professional. Just mention this offer when you call-in your order to IHOP. Then, show your Official ID when you pick up your order.
Krispy Kreme announced that starting Monday, March 22, 2021, guests who show a valid COVID-19 vaccination card at any Krispy Kreme shop in the U.S. can get a free iconic Original Glazed doughnut—anytime, any day, even every day—through the rest of 2021. Since the majority of healthcare workers are vaccinated, they can take advantage of this deal.
When: Through December 31, 2021
Purchase the First Responder meal when placing your online order, and Macaroni Grill will deliver the popular Mom’s Ricotta Meatballs + Spaghetti to those helping on the front line.
Mrs. Fields is now offering 25% off their Heroes Collection of cookie tins honoring nurses and scrub-wearing health care workers (available in 30, 48, and 90 counts for contactless delivery nationwide). Use the code THANKS to activating the discount.
When: Still ongoing
Through a partnership with Operation Gratitude, My M&M’s is sending thanks and special packs of M&M’S to first responders across the country. How to participate: Purchase these packs, which are $1.99 each, and you must order a minimum of 20. But know that your purchase supports My M&M’s $50,000 donation to Operation Gratitude as well as them sending 5,000 “thank you” packs to first responders. You can also get cashback through RetailMeNot.
To celebrate all nurses, doctors, medical staff, military veterans, servicemen and women, police, firefighters and first responders with 10% off their entire check all day, every day (with valid medical, state or federal service ID, excluding alcohol and applicable taxes).
Naf Middle Eastern Grill
Naf is giving first responders and active or retired military personnel a 15% discount on their orders. Show a valid ID and order in-store. This doesn’t apply to catering orders.
When: Still ongoing
Any “nurse, doctor or health care worker” who stops into a Nando’s with an ID or wearing a uniform gets free takeout. Nando’s PERi-PERi has donated more than 62,000 meals to the nurses, doctors and other healthcare workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic in the US.
Hospital staff and first responders can enjoy 10% off for the rest of the year.
They have created the Sweetgreen Impact Outpost Fund, a new fund in partnership with World Central Kitchen, chef, and humanitarian José Andrés’ not-for-profit devoted to using the power of food to heal and strengthen communities in times of crisis. You can now donate to the Sweetgreen Impact Outpost Fund. 100% of funds raised will be dedicated to providing more free Sweetgreen meals to these healthcare heroes with a goal of donating over 100,000 meals together.
Taco Bell has turned its Taco Trucks, which are food truck versions of the QSR, into mobile commissary kitchens that bring food to front-line workers. “While most of our restaurants are operating only through the drive-thru, this leaves some truck and ambulance drivers unable to quickly order from us,” company CEO Mark King said in a letter. He added that the chain is working with its franchisees to make this service available “where possible.”
When: Still ongoing
Tropical Smoothie Café
Tropical Smoothie Café announced that it would donate 100,000 smoothies to local health care workers and first responders nationwide. Medical professionals and first responders can contact their local Tropical Smoothie shop to have free smoothies delivered to their team.
Other Discounts for Health Care Workers and First Responders
Verified medical professionals, first responders, nurses, and military members get 30% off their purchases (note: It doesn’t seem that this deal can be used with other promotions or sales). Professional verification is required via ID.me.
When you shop for shoes, pick out a new pair for yourself, and automatically supply a pair to someone in the health care community. This is the latest after Allbirds donated $500,000 worth of shoes, which is about 5,000 pairs, exhausting the supply of shoes the brand had devoted to this cause. Due to demand, Allbirds has pivoted to a “buy-one-give-one” model. So you can bundle a shoe purchase with a donation that will split the cost of delivering a pair of shoes to someone on the list.
As a show of gratitude for our heroes fighting against COVID-19, Alpine Rings is matching its military discount of 15% and extending it to all front-line health care workers. This discount applies to all men’s wedding bands and can be used by entering the code ‘NURSE15’ at checkout.
Front-line healthcare workers can get 70% off with code averagesocialite., plus a free hand sanitizer with every purchase.
Medical professionals and first responders get 40% off any full-priced product. You must first create an ASICS account using your professional email.
Bespoke Extracts is offering a 50% discount on regular-price items to front-line workers across nurses, firefighters, teachers and more. It is their hope that their products will enable you on your journey to a healthy and all-natural lifestyle. Learn more.
Blinds Couture + Jessica Rose Couture
For every dollar purchased in gift certificates, Jessica Rose Couture and Blinds Couture will match the amount to help a firefighter or health care worker by providing them with Hunter Douglas room darkening window treatments (regularly $700), so they can get the best rest possible after those long shifts. Note: Donations are for new projects and cannot be applied to in-progress projects.
First responders, all medical responders, and nurses get a special discount of $199+!
They are offering 25% off and free shipping for all medical professionals in the U.S., including mattresses, sheets, pillows and foundations.
Burst Oral Care
They are offering 25% off for healthcare workers and first responders, plus 10% off your Burst Brush purchase with the code BURST10.
Caliber is gifting refurbished vehicles to medical workers and first responders. To enter to win, nominate a health care worker, medical support staff or first responder at calibercollision.com/restoring-you.
When: Submit nominations
Cub Cadet and TaskEasy
Cub Cadet and TaskEasy are teaming up to offer a free month of lawncare (two cuts, every other week) to nurses, doctors, paramedics, EMTs, police officers and firefighters on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. The service can be reserved at cubcadet.com/heroes.
When: Due to an overwhelming number of responses from more than 1,300 first responders across 47 states, all available free lawn care services have been scheduled. Eligible first responders are still encouraged to apply to be put on a wait list to be serviced on a first-come, first-serve basis if additional funds become available.
Health care workers can use the code SUPERHERO20 for 20% off online footwear purchases.
When: Only as long as stores are closed
Dave & Busters
They are giving $10 Game Cards to all first responders and healthcare professionals because we know that superheroes don’t just wear capes, they wear scrubs and uniforms too! Just show a valid ID at an open location to redeem.
All of Down Dog’s wellness, yoga and fitness apps are free for health care professionals, teachers and students.
When: Through July 1, 2021
Emma is offering an additional 10% discount off any order for health care workers, first responders, warehouse workers, transportation workers, and grocery store workers. To get the discount, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and attach any documentation that acts as proof of employment, i.e., badge, paystub, contract, and Emma will process the discount for you. Learn more.
All nurses can get 40% off at FitFlop.
G.H. Bass & Co.
Get 25% off when your sign up.
As a thank-you, Helly Hansen has opened its Pro Program to health care professionals. You’ll be granted a 50% discount on non-sale items at hellyhansen.com and hhworkwear.com. Sign up for the offer.
When: Valid for one year once activated
HELM is giving back to heroes on the frontline. Through the ID.me platform, medical staff, nurses, first responders, U.S.–stationed armed service members and veterans qualify for 50% off the HELM True Wireless 5 Headphones.
All medical professionals, including doctors, nurses, technicians, medical researchers, hospital workers and other professionals in the medical field, get 15% off. promo code. In order to get your promo code, head here.
When: Through August 29, 2021
Get 20% off medical clothes. Medelita was founded by a PA and complies with CDC guidelines (can be washed in the hottest temperature every single day and not lose durability), and the products have a 365-day warranty.
First responders and medical professionals (including technicians and researchers) get 20% off (usually this discount is 10%) most items on Nike’s website. The discount can be used up to four times per month, and Nike uses SheerID to verify employment status. Nike also has partnered with nonprofit Good360 in the United States and local organizations across Europe to donate more than 140,000 pieces of footwear, apparel and equipment globally. This includes the donation of 30,000 pairs of Nike Air Zoom Pulse to health systems and hospitals in Chicago, Los Angeles, Memphis and New York City, as well as within the Veterans Health Administration.
When: Limited time
This upscale CBD brand founded by two brothers is offering front-line workers 50% off all of their products, which are USDA organic, Clean Label Project™ certified and made in small batches in Colorado. Healthcare workers will need to go to this link and fill out the form with proof of employment. You’ll then receive an email with your promo code within 24 hours.
Choose from four different types of custom teeth guards for individuals who grind and/or clench their teeth due to bruxism. ProTeethGuard.com is offering an Initiative for Frontline Workers in the COVID-19 pandemic in which you get a $100 dollar credit off the guard of your choice. This credit is generated on a first come, first serve basis every week on Wednesday at noon PST. Find more information here.
Puffy wants healthcare professionals to get a better night’s sleep with this special discount: $375 off any Puffy mattress and a free pillow. Learn more and verify your eligibility.
This sneaker and apparel brand is offering 20% off for nurses.
This company makes natural and effective plant-based pain relief, and offer 50% off for all front-line healthcare workers. Just fill in your information on their site.
They are offering 20% for all nurses and first responders.
This automotive accessory e-commerce website is offering a discount to health care and essential service workers in order to provide them with better access to custom car seat covers, especially those that are easy to wipe down and disinfect. All health care, emergency and essential service workers qualify for a 22% discount off the regular price on all custom seat covers.
You can get 35% off all of their shoes if you’re a nurse or first responder.
This well-reviewed meditation app is making its product free. “We’re giving away premium memberships for any individuals who are financially impacted by this pandemic. Memberships are typically $89.99/year and give access to our 150 world-class meditation teachers, therapists and coaches and 2,500 guided meditations for specific situations and moods.” Email Simple Habit at email@example.com to receive your free premium membership.
All those working on the front lines of the crisis are eligible for three free months of Sittercity Premium, which connects families with trusted child care.
When: For three months once you activate the offer
The audio company is offering a 15% discount on Sonos.com to verified health care workers and first responders for speakers and home theater sound equipment. To activate the discount, shop on Sonos.com and find the button at checkout that says “Healthcare/First Responder Discount. Verify with ID.me.” After verification, you will get a one-time use code. Add this code during the checkout process on Sonos.com.
This brand offers a 15% discount for first responders, law enforcement officers, firefighters, doctors, nurses, EMTs, corrections officers, members of the U.S. military, veterans, students, and teachers with valid IDs.
They are offering 20% off and free shipping on orders of $50+ when you sign up for an SM PASS.
Telehealth company Thrivetalk is offering free mental health services for essential health care workers and first responders throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit thrivetalk.com/online-therapy for more information and to sign up. They are now accepting donations to support these workers.
Right now, Under Armour is recognizing those on the front lines by offering a 10% off discount for military members, first responders, health care workers, and teachers. Just choose Military and First Responder Discount at checkout to get your discount.
Starting April 23, for new or existing Verizon customers, Verizon will expand wireless unlimited pricing to nurses and teachers. Both join active-duty military, veterans, and people who work as first responders who already enjoying this pricing. Wireless unlimited plans will be as low as $30/mo per line for four lines, and Fios 200Mbps internet as low as $34.99/mo. Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, Verizon has committed $45 million in contributions and donations to non-profits directed at serving students, health care workers, first responders and small businesses.