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One for the books

Employee’s request fuels child’s love of reading

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Sandy, UT, City Carrier Assistant Ron Lynch and Matthew Flores appear on Fox News Channel.

The world responded this week when a Postal Service employee took to social media to help a child who loves to read but had no books of his own.

Twelve-year-old Matthew Flores asked Sandy, UT, City Carrier Assistant Ron Lynch if he had some extra mail he could read. Matthew said he didn’t have books at home and bus fare to the library was too expensive.

Lynch posted a message about Matthew on Facebook, asking friends if they could help him get the child some books. The post went viral — and before long, Matthew was receiving books from as far away as the United Kingdom and India.

“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,” Lynch told “NBC Nightly News,” one of several national news programs that interviewed Lynch and Matthew.

Hundreds of books have been delivered so far. On Fox News Channel, Lynch said he expects many more to arrive at the Sandy Post Office.

Matthew plans to share his book bounty with other kids.

“I’m just super happy,” he told NBC.

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