Tom Hanks replies to his biggest fan, who’s being bullied, with words of wisdom and a very special gift
Tom Hanks sent the sweetest gift to an eight-year-old fan that reached out to him through a letter.
The Australian boy, named Corona De Vries, wrote to Hanks to ask if him and his wife, Rita Wilson, are recovering alright.
The acting duo contracted the virus while abroad in Queensland last month and were hospitalised there before returning home.
Corona went on to say that he has been struggling; other kids have been bullying him about his name.
“I love my name but at school people call me the coronavirus,” he wrote. “I get very sad and angry when people call me this.”
Tom Hanks quickly responded, like the legend he is, to reassure Corona and lift his spirit.
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Hello folks. @ritawilson and I want to thank everyone here Down Under who are taking such good care of us. We have Covid-19 and are in isolation so we do not spread it to anyone else. There are those for whom it could lead to a very serious illness. We are taking it one-day-at-a-time. There are things we can all do to get through this by following the advice of experts and taking care of ourselves and each other, no? Remember, despite all the current events, there is no crying in baseball. Hanx
“Your letter made my wife and I feel so wonderful,” Hanks wrote.
“Thank you for being such a good friend. Friends make their friends feel good when they are down." He went on to praise the boy’s name and tell him just how special it is.
“You are the only person I've ever known to have the name Corona — like the ring around the sun, a crown."
The iconic actor also included a gift with the letter, a classic, Corona-brand typewriter that he had used during his stay on the Gold Coast.
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Hey folks. Good News: One week after testing Positive, in self-isolation, the symptoms are much the same. No fever but the blahs. Folding the laundry and doing the dishes leads to a nap on the couch. Bad news: My wife @ritawilson has won 6 straight hands of Gin Rummy and leads by 201 points. But I have learned not to spread my Vegemite so thick. I travelled here with a typewriter, one I used to love. We are all in this together. Flatten the curve. Hanx
“I thought this typewriter would suit you," Hanks said. "I had taken it to the Gold Coast, and now, it is back — with you. Ask a grown up how it works. And use it to write me back.
“PS! You got a friend in ME!”
What a sweet gesture from Hanks! It is a rare thing to hear back from one’s idol and even rarer still to receive a heartfelt gift from them too.
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