Garden City letter carriers recently made a Tullamore Road resident very happy on his birthday.
Amy McCoy said that her sixteen year old son, Matthew, who has autism, loves learning about schedules and routines. During quarantine, part of Matthew’s daily routine was to wait for Phil, the street’s letter carrier, to deliver mail.
“After the first few days of being at home instead of at school, Matthew quickly learned that Phil arrives at 10:52 to deliver the mail to our block of Tullamore Road. Each day, we would greet Phil at the door to have a quick interaction as he delivered our mail. Matthew really looked forward to the predictability of Phil’s arrival, and watching him deliver mail to all of the homes on our street,” Amy said.
“As the weather warmed up – Matthew and I began sitting outside in our front yard chairs at 10:40 to wait for Phil – Matthew started calling this portion of our day ‘The Phil Show.’ The Phil Show always ends with Phil driving past our home, beeping his horn for Matthew.
“Once Phil realized how much Matthew loved the beeping horn – he came up with the greatest idea. To arrange a USPS Truck parade for Matthew’s birthday in August,” Amy said.
On June 21st, Phil’s parade idea came to life in the form of a parade of more than twenty USPS workers driving past the family’s home in their trucks, beeping their horns for Matthew. His mom said he was overcome with happiness and enjoyed every moment.
Amy McCoy is a children’s book author who writes elementary grade novels focusing on autism. In her second book, Little Big Sister on the Move, which came out in June 2019, one of the minor characters is a letter carrier who is ignorant about autism. Amy said that Phil is the opposite of that character!