One Utah mailman is proving that a little act of kindness can go a long way.
During his usual route, Ron Lynch saw a tween excitedly reading through junk mail. The 12-year-old, Matthew Flores, asked if he had any extra mail for him to read because he didn’t have any books of his own to read at home. The concerned mailman said, “I asked him about going to the library, and he said he couldn’t afford the bus pass.”
The heartbreaking confession motivated Lynch to ask his friends to donate books to Matthew in a Facebook post that reads:
“Facebook friends… This is Matthew Flores. 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. He told me his wish is to have books to read. I told him the library had many, but he said they don’t have a car, and couldn’t afford the bus. So… let’s get this 12 year old some books! Let’s help him. I was given many books as a child, and it’s time to help someone else! Please share and let’s get him tons of reading material! 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!
8870 s State st
Sandy, Utah 84070
He’s counting on me, so I’m counting on you!”
And boy, did the Facebook community help out. The post has since gone viral, getting responses from all over the world including India and Australia, leaving Matthew with a mountain of books.
Research has shown that more than half of low-income families don’t have a single book in the home and that simply having books in the house gives kids a better chance at succeeding in life. By putting a book in a kid’s hand, you can help improve their future.
Thank you, Ron, for once again showing us the importance of paying it forward.