Freebies, how to support health care workers, responders amid COVID-19

Posted at 12:53 PM, Apr 07, 2020

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — San Diegans have shown overwhelming support to health care workers and first responders working tirelessly during the coronavirus pandemic.

Hospitals have received donations for masks and protective gear and companies are offering workers freebies as they provide valuable services to the community.

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Here are some ways locals can help support those working in hospitals and as responders amid the pandemic:

Hospital donations: Sharp Healthcare, UC San Diego Health, and Scripps Health are all facilitating donations to health care workers during the coronavirus pandemic. For info on donating to Sharp and UCSD, click here. For info on donating to Scripps, click here.

Feeding workers: The San Diego Dining Group (which includes Greystone the Steakhouse, Saltwater, Butchers Cut, Osetra the Fishouse, Oseteria Panevino, and Farmers Table) is feeding health care workers and first responders for free with community kitchens during the pandemic. A GoFundMe to keep this service going has been started.

Pho Ca Dao & Grill: Pho Ca Dao & Grill is offering on-duty first responders free meals at their locations. Meals will be available for the first 50 first responders per day, through April 16, between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Responders can show up in uniform or show their credentials, and also have the option to call in an order for pickup.

Mostra Coffee: Mostra Coffee is selling "Gratitude Boxes" that locals can send to those working on the frontline during the coronavirus pandemic. Proceeds from the sales of these packs with be donated to the CDC Foundation Emergency Response Fund.

Kombucha On Tap: Gift growlers of kombucha or cold brew coffee to local health care workers and first responders with Kombucha on Tap. Buyers can either choose who specifically to send the gift to or the company will pick from its list of frontline workers.

Krispy Kreme: Every Monday through the week of May 6, Krispy Kreme will be giving out dozen donuts free to health care workers. Health care workers just need to present their employer badge to claim a dozen donuts.

Starbucks: First responders and frontline workers can get a free tall brewed coffee at Starbucks through May 3.

Circle K: A free coffee, tea and Polar Pop Fountain is being offered to first responders and health care workers at Circle K until April 30, with a valid employer ID.