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The Kindness of Strangers Is a Wonderful Thing

A young boy is now able to indulge himself in more books than he knows what to do with, thanks to his mailman. Mathew Flores, age 12, made a simple request to Ron Lynch, never imagining how the postal worker would respond.

Lynch was delivering mail in Sandy, Utah, when he spotted Mathew taking junk mail out of the bin. He asked Lynch if he had more, because he liked to read the advertisements and newsletters.

Mathew didn't have any books of his own, and the bus fare to go to the library was too expensive. He liked to read and thought it was interesting.

"Plus, it gets you smarter," Mathew told KSL News.

Lynch was touched by the request and decided to help Mathew.

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"I started reading at a very early age. My mother instilled a love of books in me," Lynch told KSL News. "At 12 years old, he didn't want electronics, he didn't want to sit in front of the TV playing games all day—the kid just wanted to read."

Lynch set up a P.O. box for Mathew and shared a photo of him on Facebook, asking for book donations. Lynch expected a few friends to send in books, but the response was overwhelming.

"It's gone crazy from there. I've heard from the U.K., Australia, from India," Lynch told KSL News.

The count is up to 50–60 books, and people are still donating. Mathew plans on sharing the books with other kids once he has read all of them.

"I'm just super happy," Mathew told KSL News.

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