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On Wednesday, the company announced that they will be giving out free tall brewed coffee, may it be hot or iced, to Unites States’ front-liner responders who work hard amid the coronavirus pandemic. Starbucks will be offering their thoughtful treat to the front-liners until May 3.

According to USA Today, the free coffee offer is for medical staff and researchers, doctors, nurses, hospital staff, paramedics, policemen, and fire-fighters. But that’s not all, the Starbucks Foundation will also be donating $500,000 to extend support to the front-liners and also equal donations will be extended to the Direct Relief to aid the delivery of essential medical items and personal protective equipment. Moreover, Operation Gratitude will also be delivering 50,000 care packages together with handwritten letters to the front-line responders and medical workers.

This good news from Starbucks came in after their announcement of changes in their company-operated stores. Days before, the company decided that their stores located in Canada and the United States will only be operating for drive-thru for at least two weeks, as a precaution to the coronavirus pandemic. Exceptions were also made for cafes serving in or around healthcare facilities as they will be catering responders and healthcare workers.

Airbnb, on the other hand, is also showing their support to front-liners who work amid the coronavirus.

With the spread of coronavirus everywhere, doctors, nurses and medical staff, who have been lacking proper and sufficient personal protective gear while working, have decided to temporarily stay away from their homes to avoid infecting their loved ones.

On Thursday, Airbnb made an announcement on their global initiative to offer free or funded housing for 100,000 healthcare workers, front-line operatives, and relief workers all around the world. The housing will be provided to areas where the front-line workers to give them convenient and safe places while carrying out their work on this critical time.

According to Joe Gebbia, co-founder of Airbnb, they have heard a lot of hosts all over the world who want to help out by providing a convenient home to the front-line workers. Gebbia added that they are currently connecting their government agencies and non-profit partners to their host community to work on this initiative.

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The initiative has two preliminary programs located in France and Italy where the company announced that medical staffs who have been responding to the COVID-19 outbreak can access free accommodations with the help of Airbnb. Furthermore, the Airbnb community in Italy and France have already responded to the initiative and almost 6,000 hosts have already decided to offer their respective homes.

Celebrities from all over the world have also be donating money to coronavirus relief efforts.

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