Free coffee: Jump start your day with free McDonald's coffee through Jan. 22

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- If you're one of the many who can't get going in the morning without an infusion of caffeine in the form of coffee, you're in luck because McDonald's has you covered for the next two weeks.

Today through Jan. 22, you can get a free small cup of coffee at McDonald's locations throughout the Phoenix metro area and in Northern Arizona.

No purchase is necessary to get your free small Premium Roast Coffee, which is made with 100 percent fire-roasted Arabaca beans.

A McDonald's spokesman said the free coffee is available all day and is the restaurant chain's way of giving back and thanking its customers.

"In this challenging economic climate, we know that many are struggling to make ends meet and this is our way of lending support during these difficult times," said Travis Heriaud, Phoenix McDonald's restaurant owner. "As the holiday season comes to a close and budgets become tight, we hope this program will offer some comfort to our community and also warm them up a little during this winter season."

Restaurants participating in the free-coffee program reside in the following counties: Maricopa, Pinal, Gila, Yuma, La Paz, Mohave, Coconino, Navajo, Apache and Graham.

There are a total of 277 McDonald's restaurants in Arizona. Those restaurants employ 12,770 people.