Mailman gets heartwarming retirement sendoff from neighborhood

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MARIETTA, Ga. (WFLA/CNN) – A retiring mailman was showered with love and appreciation on his final day of work last week.

Floyd Martin’s last day of work was last Wednesday. The 61-year-old had served the neighborhood in Marietta, Georgia for nearly 35 years. In honor of his retirement, the people living in the neighborhood turned his last day into a makeshift block party.

More than 300 people along Martin’s route decorated their mailboxes, hugged him, gave him gifts and posed for photos with him. Some even brought covered dishes of food to the celebration. 

The neighbors even came together to create a GoFundMe to send Martin to Hawaii – his dream vacation. The goal was to raise $5,000. The fundraiser ended up getting more than $32,000 in just three days.

“To say we are humbled by the generosity of others is a complete understatement,” the GoFundMe page says. “Our original goal was reached in less than 2 hours, and through social media, we have been contacted by celebrities, national news outlets, and Delta has generously offered Mr. Floyd airfare to Hawaii so the funds raised can be for the time on the island.”

Martin was also invited back to be a celebrity judge in the neighborhood’s Halloween parade this fall.

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