Buy a Cup for a Cop Campaign: How You Can Thank Law Enforcement Officers TODAY

Every single day, in good times and in bad, our law enforcement officials risk their lives to keep us safe. Isn’t it time we gave something back to them, even if it’s a small token of our gratitude? The answer is a resounding YES.

That’s why I was so taken with the “Buy a Cup for a Cop” campaign when a friend forwarded it to me! After the tragic events at 2013’s Boston Marathon, one blogger was inspired by the courage of our law enforcement officials and decided to take action.



Here are the details:

How does Buy a Cup for a Cop work?

Participating in the campaign is easy; all you have to do is buy a cup of coffee for a local service-person to say thank you. The initiative includes police officers, fire fighters, paramedics, and any other first responders you’d like to appreciate. The next time you see one of these fine citizens in public, just tell them you’d like to give them a token of your gratitude in the form of a hot (or cold) beverage. That’s really all there is to it! It’s a small way to say thank you, and you’ll get the chance to converse with someone new.

What about shy folks? How do they participate?

If it fills you with dread to approach an officer you’ve never met and ask if they’d like a free cup of coffee, then never fear! You can still participate by purchasing a few gift cards from your favorite coffee shop (whether it’s Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts or the mom-and-pop place down the street) and carrying them until you see an opportunity to distribute them. Sure, you still have to approach the responder, but handing them a pre-purchased gift card carries slightly less fear of rejection.

How can I let other people know about Buy a Cup for a Cop?

You can use your blog, Instagram, or Twitter accounts to inform others of this campaign. Write a quick blog post mentioning the individual you bought a cup of coffee for, or post a picture to Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #cupsforcops to get the word out.

If you’d like to use a custom gift card sleeve with this campaign’s details, then head over to the Somewhere Splendid blog and download the printable PDF.

Also, a huge thanks to Maddy at Something Splendid for coming up with such a clever campaign. I hope it spreads like crazy!


Speaking of cleverness, and while I have your attention, I’d also like to mention a couple of cool initiatives geared toward raising money for the Boston Marathon tragedy. I’m happy to say that clothing is being used to make a difference; from Life is Good’s Boston Love” tee to a Maine couple’s “Boston Strong” t-shirt, lots of concerned people are banding together to raise money to help. Even popular bands like Dropkick Murphys and Transit are selling shirts and donating 100% of the proceeds to the victims! It’s heartwarming to see some good in the world, isn’t it?

To directly donate to the fundraising efforts for Boston victims, click here to go to the One Fund Boston website.

Thanks for reading, and spread the love however you can!

Have you bought any cups of coffee for cops or first responders in your area? Can you think of more ways to help? Comment below; we’d love to hear from you.

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Main image credit to Somewhere Splendid.

Jill Tooley

Jill has been obsessed with words since her fingers could turn the pages of a book. She’s a hopeless bibliophile who recently purchased a Kindle after almost 6 years of radical opposition, and she loves stumbling upon new music on Pandora. Random interests include (but are not limited to) bookstores, movie memorabilia, and adorable rodents. Jill writes for the QLP blog and assists with the company’s social media accounts. You can connect with Jill on Google+.


  1. Amy Swanson

    I love this idea, Jill! It’s something so small and easy to do, yet would make a HUGE impact on a first responder’s day. Lord knows that I am not cut out to be a first responder of any kind so any way I can say ‘thanks’ is a great idea in my book.

    Thanks for highlighting other legit charities as well. It’s so sad that in the midst of a tragedy people will create false charities and line their pockets instead of helping others. Glad people can see where to go know 🙂

  2. Candace Allen

    Great idea! I’m heading to Starbucks tonight to participate!

  3. Leo Avila

    I go to Dunkin’ Donuts every morning on my way to work! I will have to make sure to participate in this 🙂

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