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Restaurants promote summer give-aways

Smoothies, chicken and burgers are just some of the things consumers can get for free this summer

On Friday Tropical Smoothie Café will give away up to 500 free smoothies at each of its 300 stores around the country to customers wearing flip-flop sandals to celebrate Flip-Flop Day and raise money for children with life-threatening illnesses.

Besides giving free smoothies to celebrate the start of summer, Destin, Fla.-based smoothie chain also hopes that customers might want to chip in a dollar for the chain’s charity partner, Camp Sunshine in Maine. The camp is for kids with life-threatening illnesses and their families and it costs about $2,000 to send each family, said Bonnie Szasz, one of the managers at a Tropical Smoothie in downtown Tampa.

“Each store tries to send at least one child. If we give people a free smoothie they can help out and give a dollar,” Szasz said.

Smoothies aren’t the only freebie that consumers can look forward to this summer.

Jake’s Wayback Burgers, which is based in Cheshire, Conn. with 27 locations in the mid-Atlantic, will celebrate the first day of summer on June 21 by giving away free 12-ounce Strawberry Lemonade hand-dipped milkshakes. The free milkshakes will take place at all locations, and will run all day, while supplies last.

And on July 8, Chick-fil-A will celebrate Cow Appreciation Day by giving away nearly half a million chicken sandwiches nationwide to customers who come to any of their restaurants dressed as a cow.

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