Mathew Flores, twelve, is a little different from the rest of the children. I read junk mail, like propaganda, catalogs, etc. Until recently, those were the only reading materials he had, but Mathew loves reading so much that he went to his mailman in Salt Lake City, Utah, to ask if he could get him more mail.
The strange question led Ron Lynch to ask him why. The child's moving response is in a post that the postman later uploaded to Facebook.
Today, while delivering the mail in an apartment complex, I saw him reading ads, and then he came up to me to ask if I had something extra in the mail that he could read. He confided that what he wanted was to have books to read. I answered that there were many in the library, but he answered that they did not have a car and could not pay for the bus.
Lynch asked his Facebook friends to give Mathew books.
Most children of their age are only interested in the electronic. It's great to see his desire for reading and having seen his face when I told him I could help him. He is counting on me now, so I'm counting on you!
Ron thought his post would get 50 or 60 books to Mathew, but his request went viral. People from all over the world, including Great Britain, Australia or India, for example, have sent books. Hundreds of them.
When the first books arrived, Mathew could not believe it. He thought it was a mistake. I feel amazed and humbled by what has happened, he told the news of his city. In fact, he has prepared a message that he sends to those who send a book:
It is you, who cared to do something for me, the true heroes of this story. God bless you, and thank you very much!