How about a nice story for a change? I'm ready for one.
12-year old Matthew Flores read junk mail just because he likes to read. When mail carrier Ron Lynch found out about that, he made a small gesture to help Matthew that has turned into a viral giving effort.
"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," Lynch wrote. "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."
Lynch then asked his Facebook friends if they could spare some books for Flores:
"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," he concluded, "so I'm counting on you!"
Lynch thought the Facebook post might bring in 50 to 6o books, he told local news outlet KSL. But his request went viral.
People from around the world, including the U.K., Australia and India, have sent books, Lynch said. He told The Huffington Post hundreds of books have been delivered to the boy's door so far, with hundreds more likely on their way, and he's amazed at the generosity.
Now Matthew has lots of books to read, with more on the way. He plans to share the wealth, too.
When books first started arriving, Flores was in disbelief.
"They said, 'These books are for you,'" Flores told Salt Lake City's Deseret News on Sunday. "I thought they were mistaken, but they were for me."
He said he can't wait to share the books with other kids, and has promised to read every last one.
Those interested in sending books may ship them to:
c/o Sandy Post Office
8850 S 700 E
Sandy, UT 84070
Hurrah for Ron Lynch and the generosity of people who sent books. :)