A retired Georgia mailman has been offered the dream trip of a lifetime thanks to his neighbors and Delta Air Lines.
Jennifer Brett, a reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, caught wind that beloved postal carrier Floyd Martin was retiring after two decades on the same route in Marietta, Georgia. On his last day, the whole neighborhood (literally) turned up to wish him goodbye. Tearful hugs were exchanged, postal boxes were decorated, and a neighborhood block party in Martin’s honor occurred at the conclusion of his shift.
But that wasn’t all. Neighbors started a GoFundMe campaign to send Martin to Hawaii. Catching wind of the campaign, Delta chimed in with an offer to cover Martin’s airfare:
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.
— Delta (@Delta) May 24, 2019
Thus far, the campaign has raised $32,522 of its $5,000 goal. I think Martin should stay at the Kahala and fly first class on Delta’s 767 ATL-HNL route!
You can check out more details Martin’s last day here:
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
Martin spent 35 years as a postal carrier and could have pivoted to easier routes over the years, but developed such a deep bond with residents on his route that he stuck to it. I admire that so much. I grew up with the same mailman for many years, but now it seems like there is a new one each week. Longevity is almost always a sign of diligence and dedication. I wish Martin a happy retirement and aloha as he travels to Hawaii.