Matthew Flores loves to read. The 12-year-old from Utah loves reading so much, in fact, that he asked the mailman for extra junk mail just to have something to browse because his family couldn't afford books or a bus ticket to the library.
And when mailman Ron Lynch heard that, everything changed.
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It all started when Lynch happened to come across Flores going through a junk mail bin and Matthew asked the postman if he had any extra pieces of junk mail.
Lynch, who himself has been an avid reader from a young age, decided to turn to the Internet for help and appealed to his friends via Facebook to donate some books. He posted the following on the social media site.
“Facebook friends... This is Matthew Flores. Today while delivering mail to his apartment complex, I saw him reading ads, and then he asked me if I had any extra mail he could read. He told me his wish is to have books to read. I told him the library had many, but he said they don't have a car, and couldn't afford the bus. So... let's get this 12 year old some books! Let's help him. I was given many books as a child, and it's time to help someone else! Please share and let's get him tons of reading material! Most kids his age want electronics! It's great to see his desire, and you should have seen him beam when I said I could help. He's counting on me, so I'm counting on you!”
Lynch's friends – and soon, even strangers – come through in a big way. Donations of books upon books poured in for Matthew.
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Matthew is ecstatic and vowed that he would read every book he had received so far.
"I don't even know," Matthew exclaimed, at a loss for words over his new and growing library. "I'm just super happy!"