Tom Hanks Sends Letter and Typewriter to Bullied 8-Year-Old Boy Named Corona


Tom Hanks has come to the aid of a boy who was bullied because his name is similar to the coronavirus.

The 8-year-old Australian youngster, whose name is Corona DeVries, reached out to the Oscar-winning actor after hearing he and wife Rita Wilson had contracted COVID-19.

"I heard on the news you and your wife had caught the coronavirus," he wrote in a letter, according to NBC News. "Are you OK?"

The boy added that he felt “sad and angry” due to his classmates calling him “the coronavirus” because of his first name.

Hanks, who had self-isolated in Australia while recovering from the illness, quickly responded by sending his own words of encouragement.

“Your letter made my wife and I feel so wonderful!” the “Cast Away” star replied in a typewritten letter.

“You’re the only person I’ve ever known to have the name Corona — like the ring around the sun, a crown.”

Hanks then disclosed that he would be giving the boy his very own Corona-brand typewriter.

“I thought this typewriter would suit you,” he wrote, before acknowledging the boy may not be familiar with the antiquated machine, “Ask a grown up how it works. And use it to write me back.”

The 63-year-old signed off by using a reference from his character Woody in “Toy Story.”

“P.S. You got a friend in ME!,” he wrote.

Already enthralled with the vintage piece of equipment, little Corona said he plans to write back “soon.”

Since recovering from coronavirus, Hanks and Wilson have been maintaining social distance protocols at their Los Angeles home.

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