The Short of It
When 12-year-old Mathew Flores asked his Salt Lake City postman for junk mail to satiate his need to read, the mailman delivered hundreds of books to his door instead.
Mathew loves to read, but until recently, advertisements were about his only reading material. Without a car or money to take the bus to the library, he would read junk mail.
One day, he asked his postman, Ron Lynch, if he had any extra junk mail for him to read. When Lynch found out why, he went home and posted a request for books for Mathew on Facebook.
"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. ... 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 hoped his friends would help and send about 50 books to Mathew, but the post went viral, and people from around the world, including the U.K., Australia and India, have mailed Mathew hundreds of books.
At first, Mathew couldn't believe all those books were being sent to him just because he requested junk mail from his mailman. Now, he is excited to read every last book and share them with other kids.
If you'd like to send him a book, mail it to:
c/o Sandy Post Office
8850 S 700 E
Sandy, UT 84070
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