Mailman Retires After 35 Years, Neighbourhood Throw Him Huge Farewell Party
A whole neighbourhood of people gathered together to throw a farewell party for their local mailman who had been delivering their post for 35 years.
One of the women in the neighbourhood, Jennifer Brett, shared a lengthy Twitter thread talking about Floyd Martin’s job with the United States Postal Service (USPS), and how his time as a mailman went out with a bang.
Jennifer joined Floyd on one of his final routes the day before he retired, and snapped pictures all the way around.
She explained how the mailman took the postal service test a few years after graduating from high school in 1975, and after some persuasion from the USPS, he left his job at a bank to start his new career.
Jennifer shared pictures of the people on Floyd’s route, who offered kind words and gifts to the retiring man:
The postie was so well-loved that one of the children who lived on his mail route even dressed up as him for her school career day.
Speaking of the heartwarming gesture, Floyd said:
I was so flattered. It touched my heart.
Floyd lives in Atlanta with his dog Gigi. He doesn’t have any kids of his own, but Jennifer wrote that he had ‘the 500 houses worth of kids he spends 6+ hours with every day’ on his round.
May 24 marked the mailman’s last day on the job, and to celebrate his years of service many of the houses decorated their postboxes in honour of Floyd.
Update! People on Floyd’s route decorated their mailboxes to surprise him on his last day.
I mean they were *all* into it.
The mailboxes were certainly brilliant, but that wasn’t the only surprise the locals had for Floyd that day, as when his last shift came to an end over 300 people gathered together to throw a party for the beloved USPS worker.
A short video shows Floyd talking about his love for the neighbourhood, saying:
I could have left them a long time ago but I wouldn’t, because I love them.
Floyd hoped to visit Hawaii one day following his retirement, and some of the neighbours set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for his trip.
But, amazingly, after his story was shared far and wide on Twitter, Delta Airlines offered to help the mailman go on his dream vacation.
A trip to Hawaii is the perfect way to celebrate a wonderful career. We’d love to to take care of Mr. Martin’s flight. Let’s connect on the details in DM.
Floyd certainly deserved his brilliant send off – let’s hope he has a great time in Hawaii!
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