What are the things 12-year-old boys love to do? Generally there are the common traits of a pre-teen, such as playing video games, skateboarding, riding bikes, and perhaps even chasing girls.
And then sometimes they just enjoy reading a good book.
The problem is some children don’t even have that luxury.
That is the case for 12-year-old Matthew Flores of Sandy, Utah. Because he doesn’t have any books to read at home, Flores enjoys reading the newspaper and other random clippings whenever he gets the chance.
“It’s super fun and it’s interesting,” he said. “Plus it gets you smarter.”
One morning Flores caught the attention of a postal delivery man named Ron Lynch. As he was delivering mail to a collection of boxes, Lynch noticed Flores sitting against a nearby wall reading a piece of junk mail. Lynch didn’t think much of it until Flores asked him if he had any extra junk mail to read.
The two began a conversation, and it didn’t take long for Lynch to find out why Flores was choosing to read what most others consider junk mail. The 12-year-old said he unfortunately has no other books at his disposal. And going to the closest library was out of the question because he couldn’t afford the bus pass.
In an interview with ABC 7, Lynch explained what was going through his mind at that moment. “You know, I started reading at a very, very early age,” he said. “My mother instilled reading books in me. At 12 years old, he 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.”
So Lynch took to social media and posted the following picture of Mathew on Facebook:
He was hoping a few of his friends would be willing to donate some books to Flores. But Lynch wasn’t expecting his post to attract worldwide support in a matter of days.
Flores is now receiving hundreds of books from people as far away as the UK, Australia, and India. Some even make a personal visit to his home with books in hand.
The collection of reading material Flores has amassed in such a short time has been a dream come true.
Matthew says he intends to read every book, and also plans to share them with his friends and school mates as well.
And when asked how he felt about receiving so much support from complete strangers, all he could do is speak from the heart. “I’m just super happy.”
Here is a video we found from NBC Night News with even more about this incredible story: