Postman surprised by ‘Mailbox Retirement’ party

The neighbors got together to throw the postman a surprise mailbox retirement party!

GREENSBORO, North Carolina — Editor’s Note: The October 2021 video features a Triad woman giving birth as she travels 10 cities and overseas before returning to the gate.

A postwoman got a surprise during her usual but final round in a Greensboro neighborhood.

This is after the neighbors get together to throw a surprise retirement party in the worker’s mailbox!

Judy Jones always delivers the mail with a smile. Not only that, but she arrives on time and also gets to know the families along her routes. That’s why the neighbors wanted to do something special for her on her last run before retirement.

One of the neighbors, Erin Krawiec, posted on the NextDoor app to tell her neighbors about Jones’ upcoming retirement. She asked willing neighbors to fill their mailboxes with goodies for Jones to celebrate his retirement.

Krawiec filled his own mailbox with popcorn, chips, water, Bubly, chocolate covered pretzels and a gift card. She topped it all off with a kind note and also a mail truck toy. She also asked Jones to buy a flower for her garden in remembrance of them and their neighborhood.

“She is always very friendly. She’s always on time and does a great job,” Krawiec said.

Another neighbor, Lindsay Cox, also attended the surprise mailbox party. She also decorated it.

“Everyone in Lynwood Lakes knows and loves Judy. She made it a point of honor to get to know each of us. She always took the time to talk when she saw me outside with the children. She wasn’t just a carrier (a good one to boot), she was a friend to all of us and she will be sorely missed,” Cox said.

“We love her customer service. She wanted to meet with us and always goes the extra mile to make sure we’re happy. That kind of work ethic and friendly attitude is hard to find,” said Janet Gleason, a another neighbour. “She is truly a dying breed and a credit to her profession. She will be sorely missed!”

Krawiec said Jones had raised the possibility of traveling with her husband, also retired.

One thing is for sure, Jones will be greatly missed and the next postman will have big shoes to put on along the route.

Joseph K. Bennett