Carrier Supports Child’s Love of Reading

Sandy, UT, City Carrier Assistant Ron Lynch.

Sandy, UT, City Carrier Assistant Ron Lynch.

Sandy, UT, resident Mathew F. is 12-year old boy who has a voracious appetite for knowledge. Though his mind was eager to learn, his lack of reading material prevented him from absorbing all he could. That’s when he reached out to his carrier for support.

City Carrier Assistant Ron Lynch was in the process of delivering mail to Mathew’s apartment building when he saw the young boy searching through a discarded mail bin. Lynch asked the youngster what he was searching for and received a surprising answer. Mathew was looking for something to read since he didn’t have any books of his own, and bus fare was too expensive to visit the local library. Mathew asked Lynch for any extra advertising mail he could have to read. The request tugged at Lynch’s heart. He went home that evening and started a social media campaign to request books for the young reader.

“I started reading at a very early age,” said Lynch. “My mother instilled a love of 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, the kid just wanted to read.”

Not long after the request, Mathew began receiving books from all over the world. He now enjoys more than 500 in his collection, with new ones frequently arriving at his door. Mathew intends to share his good fortune by distributing excess material in his collection to other children in need.

Click on one of the links below to learn more about this story:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/boy-asks-mailman-junk-mail-books-read_55b6b002e4b0224d88338ba4

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/07/29/utah-boy-junk-mail-read-books-mailman/30820603/

http://www.people.com/article/utah-boy-reading-junk-mail-receives-books-after-mailman-facebook-plea

 

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2 Comments

  1. grannybunny

     /  August 5, 2015

    What a wonderful story! Thank you, Ron Lynch, for your compassion toward this young man with his inquiring spirit, and thanks to Postal Blog for sharing it with us.

  2. Jonn

     /  August 6, 2015

    I think more kids can use a positive influence in their lives that encourages them to read. Good job, Ron!

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