A Georgia neighbourhood celebrated their beloved mailman’s retirement after 35 years with a block party and a trip to Hawaii

Floyd Martin had a retirement party he’ll never forget. Courtesy of Jennifer Brett/The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • Floyd Martin has worked as a mailman in Marietta, Georgia, for 35 years and retired on Thursday.
  • People in the neighbourhood decorated their mailboxes with balloons and signs thanking Martin and saying goodbye.
  • Jennifer Brett of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution followed him on his route and shared photos on Twitter that went viral.
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Mailman Floyd Martin is proof that a little bit of kindness can go a long way.

After 35 years of delivering mail in Marietta, Georgia, Martin is a well-known and well-loved figure in the neighbourhood. When he announced his retirement, people wanted to celebrate his service and give him a goodbye party he’d never forget.

Jennifer Brett of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution followed Martin on his route the day before he retired and documented the epic send-off on Twitter.

In her viral Twitter thread, she detailed Martin’s friendships with neighbourhood families, sharing stories about how he has impacted their lives.

Many in the neighbourhood decorated their mailboxes as a tribute to Martin.

When Martin finished his deliveries, over 300 people attended a block party in his honour, where he was constantly stopped for hugs and selfies.

Twitter users were touched by the relationship between Martin and the people in his neighbourhood.

Martin said that he wanted to visit Hawaii in his retirement. Since his story went viral, a GoFundMe page raising money for his trip has far surpassed its $US5,000 goal and is currently at over $US13,000.

“Continue to take care of each other, and smile when you think of me,” he told the crowd at his goodbye party.