National Nurses Week 2020: Deals and freebies for healthcare professionals

National Nurses Week started Wednesday, and if ever there was a year to celebrate health care workers, this one is it.

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Restaurants and retailers are offering deals and freebies to nurses this year as they man the frontlines in the fight against the COVID-19 virus.

The annual celebration, which continues until Tuesday, honors health care professionals in all fields.

Here are some deals and freebies for nurses and health care professionals this year.

(Note: Not every retailer may be honoring the deals, so be sure to check with local stores to confirm which deals are available before you go.)

  • Airbnb: Airbnb is providing free or subsidized temporary housing for health care professionals, relief workers and first responders. Amazon: Amazon is offering free Kindle nursing books.
  • Aldi: Aldi is allowing any medical professionals, with identification, immediate access to the front of any lines that may form outside their stores.
  • BJ's Wholesale Club: BJ’s is offering multiple benefits to health care workers and first responders, including shopping without a BJ's membership at all locations during their designated Appreciation Hours, a free four-month Inner Circle membership.
  • BP/Amoco Gas: BP is offering a single-use discount code for 50 cents off per gallon on a BP or Amoco fuel purchase.Chipotle: Health care workers can get a free burrito starting Wednesday. Sign up on their website to be eligible for the giveaway.
  • Circle K: Circle K is offering free coffee, tea and Polar Pops to health care workers, first responders and to their frontline store employees.
  • Crocs: Crocs is giving away free shoes to health care workers Monday – Friday at noon on their website. The number of free pairs is limited each day. The sign-up form will ask for your work email, state, facility name, preferences for shoes and shipping information.
  • Dunkin': Dunkin’ is offering a free medium hot or iced coffee and a free doughnut to all health care workers who visit participating Dunkin’ restaurants Wednesday.
  • Great Wolf Lodge: Great Wolf Lodge has pledged to donate up to 10,000 complimentary overnight stays to nurses confronting the COVID-19 outbreak. Through May 12, every room booked under the code THANKYOU will give a room to a registered nurse and unlock a significant discount for guests of up to 50% off for stays starting July 6 through Oct. 29, 2020.
  • Hooters: Hooters is offering 20% off all takeout orders every day for health care workers, first responders and military until further notice. A valid form of ID is required.
  • Krispy Kreme: Krispy Kreme is giving away a free dozen doughnuts to health care workers every Monday through May 11.
  • Mrs. Fields: Mrs. Fields is offering 25% off their Heroes Collection. Got to the website for more information.
  • Nike: Nike is offering a 20% discount for eligible medical professionals and first responders. See details on their website.
  • O'Charley's: Get 25% off if you are a first responder or health care worker. The offer is valid for call-in or carry-out with a valid ID or badge.
  • Outback: Outback is offering a 10% discount for nurses, doctors, medical staff, first responders and military.
  • Sheetz: Sheetz is offering free coffee through June 1 to responders and health care workers "in appreciation of their commitment to our health and safety as they fight on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis."
  • Snickers: Snickers is offering to send essential workers a coupon for a free Snickers bar. Redeem the coupon at Walmart.
  • Steak 'n Shake: Get free fries at the Steak 'n Shake drive-thru only if you are a health care provider. Steak ‘n Shake is offering the fries to health care workers, first responders and customers.
  • Talkspace: Talkspace is offering a month of free therapy for doctors, nurses, social workers and frontline workers.
  • The North Face: The North Face is offering a 50% discount to health care workers until December 31.
  • Waterloo Sparkling Water: Waterloo will be giving away 500 free 8-pack/12-pack case coupons to nurses and health care workers for Nurses Week. Starting Wednesday, go to Waterloo’s Instagram and Facebook page and comment for a chance to win. Winners will be chosen at random.