Geoff Collins thanks essential workers with Chick-fil-A, Krispy Kreme

Back when slapping palms was OK: Georgia Tech head coach Geoff Collins celebrates with fans after beating North Carolina State last season. (Hyosub Shin / Hyosub.Shin@ajc.com)

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Back when slapping palms was OK: Georgia Tech head coach Geoff Collins celebrates with fans after beating North Carolina State last season. (Hyosub Shin / Hyosub.Shin@ajc.com)

Georgia Tech coach Geoff Collins showed his support for first responders and health-care workers in a manner most anyone could appreciate – Chick-fil-A and Krispy Kreme donuts.

A firefighter from the city of Atlanta thanked Collins on Wednesday via his Instagram account for his purchase of Krispy Kreme donuts, sharing a series of photos of firefighters holding the familiar white boxes.

“Shouts out to GT football and Coach Collins for the delicious Krispy Kreme donuts,” Sherwin Brown wrote. “We (made) short order of them.”

A Tech spokesman confirmed that Collins made the purchases for the Atlanta firefighters, which they received Wednesday morning. Collins also purchased lunch from Chick-fil-A for the Georgia Tech police department Friday and coffee and donuts for emergency-room personnel at Emory on Saturday.

Tech police officers have been providing assistance for the COVID-19 testing taking place at Tech’s campus.

Brown also shared on his account a message from Collins offering his thanks:

“Dear Heroes, On behalf of Georgia Tech football, please accept this small token of our APPRECIATION for all that you do for our community. We can’t thank you enough for the sacrifices that you make every day. Our thoughts and prayers are with you constantly. Stay Safe. Stay Positive. Stay Strong.”