Mathew Flores used to read junk mail for fun. Now he has thousands of new books.
The 12-year-old loves reading so much that he reads everything that he can get his hands on, including junk mail delivered to his home in Sandy, Utah. But thanks to a viral plea from his mailman, Mathew’s library just got an upgrade.
It was Mathew’s junk mail reading that caught the attention of mail carrier Ron Lynch. When Mathew asked Lynch if he could have some extra junk mail to read, Lynch asked Mathew a little bit about himself. Mathew explained that junk mail is one of the few things he has to read. Mathew’s family can’t afford to buy books, or the bus fare to the local library.
Lynch decided he had to do something. He posted on Facebook and asked his friends to help Mathew out. “Let’s get this 12 year old some books!” Lynch wrote. “Let’s help him. I was given many books as a child, and it’s time to help someone else!”
Lynch thought that his post might get Mathew 50 or 60 books, at most. The result is way beyond his expectations.
Instead, the post went viral. Mathew has recieved thousands for books from people from as far away as the UK and Australia! When the books started arriving, Mathew couldn’t believe it. “They said these are books for you, and I thought they were mistaken,” he told reporters. “But they were for me.”
Mathew says he plans to share his new books with his friends.