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Operation Gratitude, a nonprofit that ships care packages to first responders, caregivers and servicemen and women, was able to ship more 60,000 packages to the men and women fighting on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, in part because of a donation from Starbucks' charitable arm,
The Starbucks Foundation's $250,000 donation funded 50,000 of the packages, helping Operation Gratitude's achieve its goal of providing packages to more than 300,000 workers throughout the United States.
During the last few weeks, first responders and hospital workers in coronavirus hot spots throughout the nation received packages as an appreciation for their efforts during the unprecedented crisis. Those hard-hit areas include Mount Sinai Health Network and Elmhurst Hospital in New York, as well as locations in Seattle, New Orleans and Pennsylvania.
STARBUCKS OFFERS FREE COFFEE TO CORONAVIRUS HEALTH CARE WORKERS, FIRST RESPONDERS
Last month, the coffee house chain announced it was earmarking hundreds of thousands of dollars for coronavirus relief, including a hefty donation to support Operation Gratitude's mission in sending care packages to those on the front lines of the harrowing pandemic.
“As the world grapples with an issue of enormous scale and human impact, we are dedicated to serving communities through the lens of Our Mission and Values: to inspire and nurture the human spirit – one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time,” Starbucks Foundation board member John Kelly said earlier this month. “We believe that together we can make a difference and, together, we will overcome this unprecedented challenge.”
To date, the foundation has provided more than $5.5 million to support its global COVID-19 response efforts.