Boy Reads Junk Mail Because He Can’t Afford Books, So Hero Mailman Helps Him Amass Own Library
Mailmen get a bad rap -- Cliff Clavin is a blowhard, and then of course there's Newman ("You delivered 80 percent of your mail. No mailman has ever cracked the 50 percent barrier!"). But now here's Ron Lynch, who is a bonafide hero.
Lynch was delivering mail to an apartment complex in Sandy, Utah recently when a boy approached him and asked if he could have any extra junk mail. When Lynch asked him why, the boy said that he wanted to read it, because he didn't have any books. Lynch:
"I told him there were plenty of books in the library, but the boy said they didn't have a car, and he couldn't afford a bus pass."
So Lewis posted his story on Facebook, and asked for help. He thought that his friends might come up with "50 or 60 books", but the actual response blew him away. The boy, 12-year-old Mathew Flores, has received more than 400 books so far, and they're still rolling in.
"It's gone crazy from there. I've heard from the U.K., Australia, from India," Lynch said.
Mathew's doorbell has been ringing for days as books have arrived.
"They said, 'These books are for you,'" Mathew said Sunday. "I thought they were mistaken, but they were for me."
He smiles as he promises to read every book, then share them with other children.
"I'm just super happy," he said.
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