Tom Hanks gifts typewriter to bullied kid named Corona

The 8-year-old reached out to Hanks when the actor was diagnosed with coronavirus

Entertainment Desk April 24, 2020
Tom Hanks is letting kids know that they've got a friend in him.

The actor, who recently made a full recovery from Covid-19 reportedly gifted a typewriter to a kid who was bullied for their name, reported many Australian networks.

According to Channel 7 News, the saga started when an 8-year-old named Corona De Vries wrote to Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson when news of their diagnosis broke.

"I heard on the news you and your wife had caught the Coronavirus. Are you OK?" Channel 7 News quoted the kid. "I love my name but at school, people call me the Coronavirus. I get very sad and angry when people call me this."

Back in US after recovering from the coronavirus, Hanks not only read the message but also responded with a gift - a Corona brand typewriter which he had also posted to his Instagram.

"Your letter made my wife and I feel so wonderful. Thank you for being such a good friend. Friends make their friends feel good when they are down,"Hanks wrote back.

"I saw you on TV, even though I was back in the USA already - and all healthy. Even though I was no longer sick, getting your letter made me feel even better," he added.

He also added an advice for the young lad - "Ask a grown up how it works. And use it to write me back… You've got a friend in me."

How adorable is this whole exchange?

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