Start the New Year with free coffee from 7-Eleven

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PHOENIX -- If you need a little extra energy to help you start 2010 out right, head on over to 7-Eleven.

The convenience store is offering free coffee from midnight tonight until 6 a.m. Friday.

This is the 22nd year 7-Eleven has rung in the new year with free coffee. The chain has given away more than 1 million cups of coffee in that time.

"A lot of people stay up later than they are used to on New Year’s Eve, and a hot cup of coffee may make their drive home safer,” said Rick Wilshe, 7-Eleven category manager for hot beverages in a news release. “We also want to thank our customers who have made 7-Eleven coffee so popular.”

You can get a free 12-ounce cup  of coffee or any other hot beverage of y our choice. The promotion include hot teas and gourmet specialties like cappucino and hot chocolate.

Participating stores will have a "Free Coffee" sign posted on the sales counter.