Twelve-year-old Matthew Flores has something many young bookworms only dream about — a library of his own.
But that wasn’t always the case. Unable to buy books or a bus pass to the library, Matthew asked his mailman for junk mail to read back in July. His simple request prompted the mail carrier to post on Facebook asking for book donations — that post went viral and resulted in thousands of donations from all over the world. Now, Matthew is paying that generosity forward, by donating about 3,500 of the books to others in need, KSL reported.
“The response is just incredible and it’s very heartwarming to see,” Greg Near, public relations coordinator for the Salt Lake County Library, told the news outlet.
The Utah mailman, Ron Lynch, first posted on Facebook in July after learning that advertisements were the only reading resources available to the 12-year-old.
“He told me his wish is to have books to read,” Lynch wrote. “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! He’s counting on me, so I’m counting on you!”