In a world where most kids want the latest smartphone and think mostly about defeating the next level of Candy Crush, one boy in Utah just wants to read anything he can get his hands on — including junk mail. When a local mailman found out that 12-year-old Mathew Flores was reading the junk mail because he couldn't afford books, he put out a request on social media that quickly went viral.
It all began when Flores asked Ron Lynch, a mailman for the Sandy Post Office, for extra mail to read and Lynch told him to try the library. Flores then responded that he couldn't pay for the bus fare there, so Lynch took matters into his own hands by posting a message on Facebook on July 23, asking friends to send Flores books. In under a week, the post has gotten more than 4,000 "likes," 7,000 shares, and 100 comments with people all over the world wishing to send Flores anything and everything to read.
People are truly inspired by Flores's dedication to reading, especially in today's age. "You know, I started reading at a very, very early age," said Lynch to ABC 7. "At 12 years old, [Mathew] didn't want electronics. He didn't want to sit in front of the TV playing games all day. This kid just wanted to read." Flores has since received tons of books to fill up a bookcase and is excited to not only read them all, but to share them with other kids too. "It's super fun and it's interesting," said Flores to ABC 7. "Plus it gets you smarter."
It's pretty awesome to see a kid get his wish granted, especially when it involves such a simple act.