After his retirement, Martin had one desire - go to Hawaii for a holiday. It was not long for people to find out and they started a campaign to fund his holiday.
A lot of bad things happen and are constantly happening around the world - wars, famines, people killing each other and what not. Sometimes it just feels like there is no good in the world anymore. You read the news, scroll through your Facebook timeline and all you notice is negative news. Therefore, it brings a great whenever you hear of people's selflessness and love for one another like this story about an entire community organizing a block party and sponsoring a holiday for their very loved mailman, reports People.
After 35 years of delivering the mail, ‘Mr. Floyd’ is going to Hawaii https://t.co/JJx101jOxU— Morgan Fairchild (@morgfair) May 25, 2019
Humanity still seems to have hope. After a service of 34 long years as a mail carrier in Marietta, Georgia, Floyd Martin finally decided to call it a day. However, during these years of service, he had touched many lives, directly or indirectly, with his smile and his kindness. For a lot of people, he was more than just a mailman. He was, in fact, more like a beloved relative who would come to check on people on a daily basis.
When children knew that Martin was in the neighborhood, they would look out of their windows and eagerly anticipate his arrival. He would get lollipops and other such treats for them. Parents would never worry about Marietta getting too close with their kids because he had been around for many years. Not just children, he would also get treats for dogs and feed the neighborhood cats.
THREAD: Floyd Martin retires after nearly 35 years as a mailman tomorrow. I went with him on his route today. pic.twitter.com/qZhUVY7Sz8— Jennifer Brett (@Jennifer__Brett) May 22, 2019
Floyd Martin's last day on the job was anything but typical. https://t.co/1TXSqeSczs— FOX40 News (@FOX40) May 25, 2019
Martin decided to retire last summer and two days ago, it was his last day. People wanted to repay the service he had done for them and for just being there and spreading so much love and goodwill in the community. One of the residents, Jennifer Brett followed Martin along with his final deliveries.
We are sure Martin may have never suspected what was going to come his way. There was a plan that Brett had detailed on Twitter. Martin was surprised to be greeted with hugs and presents at each house he went.
https://t.co/qc4SLmRRCZ— Lou Toms (@LouToms3) May 25, 2019
Have fun in Hawaii.
Send pics to the ones that you delivered mail.😍😍
This thread on 61-year old Floyd Martin and his career as a mailman just warms my heart so much.— Sura Mbaya (@surambaya) May 24, 2019
So much love, so many smiles, so many little kids inspired, cats fed... mail delivered.... https://t.co/M4Lh5qZMFh
Martin also found people's mailboxes decorated with goodbye notes for him. A resident said, “When we met Floyd it was like he was an old friend.” Another joined in and added, “He always had a smile, always had a wave.”
Brett tweeted, “Kids on his route love, love, L-O-V-E Mr. Floyd.” One of the children named Mae Bullington loved Martin so much that she dressed up as Martin for her school’s career day. Martin said about the same, “I was so flattered. It touched my heart.”
Floyd martin a Mail Carrier Retired and More Than 300 Neighbors Throw Retirement Block Party and raise money for his dream vacation. The Whole Neighborhood Turned Out To Say Goodbye. He also gave a speech 5-24-19 https://t.co/lcsryuS7OJ #mailman— JordanThrilla (@JordanThrilla) May 25, 2019
The internet is fake news, spiteful trolls, wanton consumerism, and a constant attack on our privacy.— Dave Pell (@davepell) May 25, 2019
But it’s also Floyd Martin the mailman.
After his retirement, Martin had one desire - go to Hawaii for a holiday. It was not long for people to find out and so they started a campaign to fund Martin's holiday on GoFundMe to help him realize this well-deserved vacation.
Brett's post on Twitter was also on the GoFundMe page and stated, "Floyd lives in Atlanta with his dog Gigi. It'll be a little weird to just receive mail and not deliver it anymore. "I'm just going to smile," he said. "He doesn't have children, just the 500 houses worth of kids he spends 6+ hours with every day. He hopes to go to Hawaii one day."
The page added, “There was a full-fledged effort to make sure he knew how much everyone loved him, To say that he would be missed would prove to be a complete understatement.”
On the day of his party, he told the people, “Thank you for caring about me. We’ve gone through good times and bad times together. You were there when I needed you, even if you didn’t know it. I love you guys. That’s what the world needs more of, loving and caring and compassion and taking care of one another.” The GoFundMe campaign has collected $24,000 out of the goal of $5000.