Mailman, Ron Lynch, was delivering a package to the home of Matthew Flores when he noticed that the young boy was reading flyer ads. He was even more surprised when the boy asked him if he had extra junk mail that he could read.
The strange question prompted the mailman, Ron Lynch, to ask why. Lynch detailed Flores’ response in a heartbreaking Facebook post afterward.
“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,” Lynch wrote. “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.”
Lynch then asked his Facebook friends if they could spare some books for Flores:
“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,” he concluded, “so I’m counting on you!”
People from around the world, including the U.K., Australia and India, have sent books, Lynch said.
Matthew was stunned by all the deliveries. His bookcase is now overflowing with books!
Mathew and his sister, Jasmine, with some of the books.
When books first started arriving, Flores was in disbelief.
“They said, ‘These books are for you,’” Flores told Salt Lake City’s Deseret News on Sunday. “I thought they were mistaken, but they were for me.”
He said he can’t wait to share the books with other kids, and has promised to read every last one.
Those interested in sending books may ship them to:
c/o Sandy Post Office
8850 S 700 E
Sandy, UT 84070