Lots of companies are already helping to support coronavirus relief efforts, offering millions in donations or using their resources to make supplies like masks and hand sanitizer. But many brands are now also giving thanks directly to the people putting themselves on the line to fight the pandemic, with special discounts for essential workers.
That means that if you're a medical professional or first responder, you can find savings on a variety of products that might make life a little easier right now. Most discounts can be found on shoes and athletic apparel, which makes sense given that many of these workers are on their feet all day and require comfortable, supportive clothing.
If you want to help, but you're not sure how, there are plenty of companies that put the power in your hands. While you can always donate to local food banks or charities, I've found a few brands that combine giving and shopping by donating proceeds to relief efforts. So whether you need shoes, clothes, a phone cleaner or even a massage gun, consider checking out some of these brands that are helping coronavirus relief efforts.
Most discounts extend to all hospital staff and first responders (including police, firefighters and EMTs). Teachers are eligible for plenty of deals as well, as are some retirees. If you've been involved at all in helping curb the pandemic, it's definitely worth looking into the deals below to see if you qualify for special savings.
Do note that these discounts all require proof of eligibility, either through emailed documentation or verification via a service like ID.me or SheerID. Instructions are included on all the discount pages linked below.
Even if you're not eligible for these discounts, you might want to support these retailers to thank them for providing tangible support to the people on the front lines.
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This shoe brand has promised to donate 10% of proceeds from its "Share the Love" Collection to Feeding America, which supports crucial food banks across the country.
The baby fashionwear brand will donate 30% of proceeds from every purchase directly to NoKidHungry.com along with an option for direct donation without purchase.
This phone case and screen protector brand is dishing out 10% off all purchases with code BETTERTOGETHER
, and donating 10% of those BETTERTOGETHER
proceeds to Relief Haven to support Utah hospitals and small businesses in need.
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The luxury linen brand is donating 10% of proceeds through May 1st to fund the manufacturing of mattresses to donate to COVID-19 emergency medical operations. Plus, you can get 10% off all purchases with the code GOODNESS.
Casetify's UV Sanitizer kills 99.9% of germs on your phone. Other than supplying a truly helpful product at a time like this, the brand is donating 100% of proceeds from this sanitizer to GlobalGiving's Coronavirus Relief Fund, sending medical responders, essential supplies and food to communities in need.
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The bag brand is donating 10% of proceeds to a charitable organization of choice from the following: CDC Foundation, Feeding America, Save the Children. Plus, it's giving 10% off all purchases with code TOGETHER
Shoppers can buy from the site's Gifts That Gives Back page, benefiting charities helping with relief efforts such as Feeding America and The Salvation Army. Buyers paying via PayPal can donate between $1 and $25 during checkout every time they buy.
The brand specializing in silicone rings is donating 100% of the proceeds from uniquely engraved rings to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization (WHO).
The sustainable fashion brand is donating all profits from its 100% Human collection to Feeding America's COVID-19 Response Fund, which provides supplies to food banks across the country.
The shoe brand is donating $15 from every order to City Harvest.
Ivory Ella is donating 100% of net proceeds from the sale of their HOPE charity tee to support Project Sunshine. Ivory Ella is utilizing their Rhode Island based fulfillment center, operating under the highest safety protocols for its team, to help assemble Activity Kits for Project Sunshine and shipping them directly to over 350 hospitals across the United States.
Fifty percent of all proceeds from the jewelry brand's Everlyne Bracelets will directly support Feeding America.
NYDJ will donate 10% of all proceeds on NYDJ.com to the United Way Worldwide COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund.
This candle company is offering a 10% discount with code SUNSHINE, plus it will donate 10% to Food Bank for NYC.
PopSockets has created two new grip designs, 100% of whose sales go to charities. The designs are for Doctors without Borders and Feeding America.
The mattress brand is committing 10% of net proceeds from every purchase on its website to the manufacturing -- and donating -- of emergency mattresses.
The largest online consignment and thrift store is donating 30% of the selling price of each item to Feeding America on its app.
Toms will be donating one-third of net profits in support of its long standing giving partners Americares, Crisis Text Line, International Medical Corps, Partners in Health, and WaterAid.
Shoes and apparel
: Medical professionals, first responders and members of the military all get 40% off their purchases. Professional verification is required via ID.me.
: The popular shoe company has a few ways to get a discount. First, you can bundle your own shoe purchase with a pair to be sent to a health care professional. Prices range from $146 to $186 for both women's and men's shoe bundles. If you don't want any shoes for yourself, you can donate a pair directly to a health care worker for $60. Finally, health care workers themselves can purchase final-sale pairs from a special collection at a discounted price. https://www.allbirds.com/collections/health-worker-collection? [allbirds.com]
: Medical professionals and first responders get 60% off any full-priced product. You must first create an Asics account using your professional email.
: Ultracomfortable Crocs have long been the shoe of choice for many health care workers, who can now sign up to get a free pair (complete with free shipping). Pairs have been running out due to high demand, so check back at noon ET each day to try to snag a spot in line.
: Health care workers, teachers and members of the military all get 20% off Dagne Dover's collection of chic, high-quality bags, backpacks and wallets.
: Health care workers can use the code SUPERHERO20
for 20% off online footwear purchases.
: The sports bra company is offering health care workers, first responders and teachers a single-use, 50%-off coupon valid through May 30.
: First responders and medical professionals (including technicians and researchers) get 20% off 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.
The North Face
: The outdoor outfitter is offering a range of health care workers 50% off nonsale items, both online and in retail stores (once they reopen, that is) now through December 31. You must register with SheerID to confirm your eligibility.
: First responders, teachers, nurses and military all get 50% off their purchases, with no item exceptions. You must verify your status with ID.me.
: First responders, health care professionals and educators get 40% off all purchases after verifying your employment with ID.me. A broad range of workers is included, so check out the full details here.
: Medical workers get 15% off their orders. A professional ID is required, and it will take one to two hours to be approved and receive your discount code.
Health and wellness
: Frontline workers get a month of free premium access to the company's services, which include care for kids, aging parents and pets.
: All of Down Dog's wellness, yoga and fitness apps are actually free for everyone through May 1, but the offer is extended an extra two months, through July 1, for health care professionals, teachers and students.
: The mindfulness and meditation app is offering free subscriptions for all health care professionals working in public health settings. The subscription is good for all of 2020, and you'll need your National Provider Identifier or another form of professional verification to sign up.
: Doctors, nurses and social workers who have been impacted by covid-19 get free access to the therapy app's unlimited messaging plan.
: Theragun sells high-end percussive therapy devices — essentially intense vibrating massagers meant to help with muscle recovery. The company has already donated more than 300 devices to hospitals, and all health care workers can request $250 off a device of their own while supplies last.
: Water bottle company Owala is helping first responders, government workers and medical professionals stay hydrated with 50% off their orders. Verification is done via VerifyPass, and retirees in the aforementioned fields are eligible as well.
: Another popular option for a water bottle or insulated cooler, Yeti is offering 30% off to all first responders verified through ID.me.
Travel and transportation services
: Free roadside assistance is available for medical workers and first responders, though details may vary by state.
: The company is waiving all fees for the first 100,000 stays in its new Frontline stays program. Individuals must first submit professional information to Airbnb to confirm their eligibility, after which they can book directly with hosts.
: First responders, doctors, nurses and other hospital workers all get a one-time, 50-cent-per-gallon discount at BP and Amoco stations. Be sure to verify your eligibility with ID.me before fueling up.
: Essential health care workers, first responders, transit employees and more can receive discounted room rates at participating hotels.
: Critical workers living or working in New York City are eligible for a free 30-day Citi Bike membership.
: GM has extended its preexisting first responder discount to include health care professionals through June 30. Chevy, Buick, Cadillac and GMC are all participating GM brands.
: Through July 6, first responders and health care professionals get $500 toward Honda models from 2019 or later. To get the deal, you'll need to finance or lease with Honda Financial Services.
: All essential workers — including health care workers, delivery drivers, grocery clerks and more — get a free instant membership upgrade to Gold status.
Food and drink
: Medical workers, first responders, hospital staff and active duty military can get a free coffee, any size, hot or iced.
: Through May 12, all health care workers are eligible for a free dozen glazed doughnuts. There's a limit of five dozen per worker. Just show your employer badge at any Krispy Kreme drive-thru location.
: The fast food chain is offering free "Thank You Meals" through May 5, with items from both the breakfast and lunch/dinner menus. All you need is proof of employment.
: First responders and health care workers (including hospital staff and medical researchers) can get a free tall coffee, hot or iced, through May 3. >MAY 31st
: Health care workers, military personnel and first responders can all snag 50% off BlanQuil's popular weighted blankets (or anything else on the website).
: First responders, health care workers, teachers and military get 40% off all Sacs and Sactionals through May. Lovesac uses Sheer.ID to verify eligibility.
: The mattress company is offering health care workers a 10% discount on their orders. You'll need to submit proof of employment via email; more information here.
: First responders, educators, students and members of the military get 15% off their entire orders.
: With 10% off any order of full-priced merchandise, Purple offers yet another opportunity for health care professionals to potentially save hundreds on a new mattress.
: Through May 9, families of front line responders can get free laundry services through Tide's Loads of Hope program.
Tuft & Needle
: Another popular mattress option, Tuft and Needle is offering a 15% discount to health care workers, first responders and veterans.
Tech and wireless services
: First responders and medical professionals can get three months of free wireless service on the new FirstNet Mobile Responder plan.
: Broadly defined "front-liners" will get 40% off their orders.
: Health care workers simply need to reach out with their professional ID to Tech21 via email to get 60% off antimicrobial phone cases.
: Verizon recently expanded its Those Who Serve discount to include nurses and teachers, in addition to first responders and military. Unlimited plans start at $30 per month.