Tom Hanks has helped to put a smile on the face of a bullied Australian boy named Corona by gifting him with a retro typewriter from his own collection.
The Toy Story star has become pen pals with Queensland resident Corona De Vries after the eight-year-old kid reached out following the news of Hanks’ COVID-19 diagnosis last month (March 2020).
The 63-year-old and his wife, actress Rita Wilson, had been Down Under when they both fell ill and had to be hospitalized for treatment, so De Vries decided to write to Hanks to check on his wellbeing, sending a letter asking, “Are you OK?”
In the note, the child explained how he had been subjected to rude taunts from his classmates, who had branded him “the coronavirus”, which had left him feeling “sad and angry”, according to Australia’s Channel 7.
On April 10, 2020, De Vries received a reply from Hanks, reading, “Your letter made my wife and I feel so wonderful!”
“You’re the only person I’ve ever known to have the name Corona – like the ring around the sun, a crown,” he continued.
The correspondence was included inside a box containing Hanks retro Corona typewriter, which the noted collector had happened to pack for his trip to Australia.