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Retiring mailman given dream Hawaii vacation by neighborhood

/ 02:42 PM May 29, 2019
Retiring mailman given dream vacation by community

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A mailman from Georgia, USA, has become a household name in his neighbors after nearly 35 years of delivering mail.

Floyd Martin is known by the residents of Marietta City, Atlanta, as their beloved mailman, so when news of retirement set in, the neighborhood thought it apt to give back. As per The Atlanta Journal Constitution on May 24, the community put up a fundraiser in the hopes of realizing Martin’s dream of going to Hawaii.

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“His presence and smile are such an integral part of our 28 years here,” Trish Nicolas, one of the hundreds of Martin’s neighbors, said, according to the report.

Another neighbor, Amanda Seals, said she met Martin when  she was a new college graduate and lived with her grandmother. She shared, “Dementia has set in, and she doesn’t see well anymore, but she still knows Floyd.”

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The neighbors’ GoFundMe page has since surpassed its goal of $5,000 (approx. P261,000) and raised over $32,000 (P1.6 million) in just four days. As news about the beloved mailman circulated, Delta Airlines also stepped in to help in making Martin’s dream vacation happen.

Martin, on the other hand, is beyond moved over the community’s support of him and seemed to be in disbelief about going to Hawaii. As his days of being a mailman come to an end, however, there is just one thing he seems he has not gotten used to: “I haven’t learned to sleep in yet.”  Cody Cepeda /ra

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