Books are something most of us take for granted. In fact, a lot of readers often lament the stacks of unread books in their homes. We never think about the people out there who love to read, but simply don't have access to books.
12-year-old Matthew Flores of Sandy, Utah was in that unfortunate situation until an unlikely hero stepped in to give the boy's story a happy ending. While postal carrier Ron Lynch was delivering mail to the boxes at Matthew's apartment complex, he noticed Matthew reading the ads and newsletters in discarded junk mail. The boy even asked Lynch if he had even more unwanted mail to read.
Understandably surprised by the request, Lynch asked Matthew why he would want junk mail of all things. The boy had a heartbreaking response: he loved to read but his family could not afford books or the bus fare to the library. An avid reader himself, Lynch decided the boy needed much better than junk mail to enrich his mind and imagination. He asked friends on Facebook to donate books to Matthew and spread the word. And indeed the word did spread. Not only did Lynch's friends respond with donations, but after the story went viral, Matthew ended up with hundreds of books, donated from places as far away as India and Australia.
The books are continuing to pour in, as well as other donations of gift cards and clothing to help out Matthew's family.
Matthew has promised to read every single book and also pass them on to other kids.
The boy bibliophile says "reading is interesting, plus it gets you smarter." And if Ron and Matthew are any indication, it may make you kinder as well.
To find out how you can help, visit Ron Lynch's Facebook page here. You can also give the gift of reading to other children in need at booksforkids.org or contact your local library to help children's literacy programs in your area.