SPOKANE, Wash. – A new Spokanite is giving back to local police officers by offering a very caffeinated thank you.
In honor of National Police Week, Greg Uryc, who works for Pitney Bowes and moved to Spokane in early May from Atlanta, is spending his Wednesday at the Starbucks on North Ruby Street, giving free coffee and food to local law enforcement officers.
Uryc said he is an avid coffee drinker and often frequents Starbucks multiple times a day for a grande cold brew.
Uryc collects reward stars on the Starbucks app; 23,000 reward stars, to be exact.
The Starbucks Rewards program allows app users to then redeem those stars for more coffee or menu items. Instead of splurging on himself, Uryc uses his rewards to buy coffee for others.
“Since it’s National Police Week, my father and brother are both in law enforcement, I thought I would do this. So, I got in touch with the police department and talked to them and they thought it was a great idea,” said Uryc.
This is not the first time Uryc has used his rewards to give back. In November, Uryc was visiting his daughter and son-in-law in Western Washington. After seeing a soldier count his money to make sure he had enough to pay for his coffee, Uryc stepped in to cover the cost and was struck with an even bigger idea to give back.
Uryc then went to a Starbucks near Joint Base Lewis-McChord and redeemed his rewards to purchase drinks for soldiers.
So, how does Uryc rack up so many reward points? While he frequents Starbucks up to six times a day, his wife, father-in-law, daughter and son-in-law also buy coffee on his app. Uryc said the only catch is that they cannot use his rewards because those are saved to buy coffee for the men and women that protect the community.
“Our officers do an amazing job every day, they rush to everybody else’s tragedies great and small,” said SPD Senior Chaplain Ed Hoffman.
Hoffman said members of the department are so thankful to those, like Uryc, who go out of their way to thank officers.
“I just want to say thank you for their service to the community and what they do, the men and women of the police department, and just show my appreciation,” said Uryc.