World Donates Books to Boy with Love of Reading
A true love of reading is not all that common, so when you recognise it in someone – especially a child – you should nurture it and help it grow.
Ron Lynch, a postman from Sandy, Utah, in the US, did just this when he came across a child with such a passion for reading that he would happily read through ads and junk mail.
Last Thursday, Rob was delivering mail to an apartment complex when he saw 12-year-old Mathew Flores reading junk mail. Mathew loves reading so much, he saw an opportunity in Rob and asked the postal worker if he had any spare letters to read.
Of course, this is a strange request to come from a boy of Mathew’s age, and Rob’s interest was piqued, so he asked the boy why he wanted it.
It turned out that Mathew’s greatest wish was to have books of his own to read. His family didn’t have a car or enough money for bus fare, so Mathew couldn’t make it to the library, and so all he had to read was junk mail and newspapers.
Ron, an avid reader from an early age, was moved by the boy’s story and said that he would help. He took a photo of Mathew, with the plan of taking to Facebook and appealing to his friends to help out.
“I was given many books as a child, and it’s time to help someone else!” Ron exclaimed on Facebook, after describing his encounter with Mathew. “Please share and let’s get him tons of reading material!”
He shared Mathew’s address and thought the boy would get 50, maybe 60, books delivered to his door. That would be all he would need to start up his own little library and keep him in reading material for a little while.
What Ron wasn’t expecting was for the post to go viral…
People from all over the world have sent Mathew books, old and new, and within a week, he had books numbering in the hundreds. The young bookworm has a bookcase filled to the brim.
Ron was stunned and grateful for the response to his cause. “It’s all of you who cared enough to do something about it that are the true heroes of this story,” he said in another post. “Bless you all, and thank you all so much!”
Mathew is so excited with his new library, with more still on their way, and he can’t wait to share with his friends. “I’m just super happy!” he said, promising to read every last book that has been so generously sent to him.