MARIETTA, Ga. ̵
Bretts initial thread caught Martin doling out hugs to long-term residents and accepting gifts through his truck window. Mailboxes adorned with balloons, signs and streamers who congratulate Martin with his pension, spotted his route of about 500 houses.
He always had a smile, always had a wave, said Lorraine Wascher who has stopped Martin's route for more than 20 years.
Martin began working for the US postal service after the agency offered to double the payment of its current bank job, some years after high school.
Now, more than three decades later, at the end of their last day as a mail worker on Wednesday, more than 300 people showed up to their retirement-covered fat block party on Thursday, driving up to taking pictures and being at the receiving end of a hug.
"I could have left them long ago, but I didn't want to, because I love them," said Martin to the Atlantic-Journal Constitution of the people on his route.
Besides delivering the mail, Martin is known for having a treat for the dogs and cats on his route and lollipops for children. A little girl dressed herself as Martin for her career day.
"I was so flattered," he said of the movement. "It affected my heart."
Martin, who lives in Atlanta with his dog, Gigi, addressed the audience at his retirement party who has already said he is coming back to visit and attend events.
"Thanks for caring about me. We've been through good times and bad times together," he said. "You were there when I needed you, even if you didn't know it."
The end of the Twitter thread contained Martin, who was careful to read an envelope and leave the overall audience with a recommendation and a request. 19659006] "Keep taking care of each other and smile when you think of me," Martin said.
Now, instead of posting letters in Marietta, Georgia's mailboxes, he gets the chance to send out postcards from the island of Hawaii and a well-deserved pension.
This story was written by Carlin McCarthy and Susan Schwartz for ABC News.
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