Tom Hanks pens heartwarming letter to bullied boy named Corona

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Tom Hanks has sent a letter and a Corona brand typewriter to an Australian boy who wrote to him about being bullied over his name, Corona, Australian television networks reported.

Corona De Vries, an eight-year-old from the Gold Coast in Queensland state wrote to the Hollywood star after he and his wife, Rita, had spent more than two weeks in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19 in the Australian beach resort.

Hanks and Wilson – who were diagnosed with the virus while filming Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming Elvis Presley biopic in Australia – penned a touching letter back. “Your letter made my wife and I feel so wonderful,” it begins.

“Thank you for being such a good friend. Friends make their friends feel good when they are down.” (They sure do, Hanks.) “I saw you on TV, even though I was back in the USA already – and all healthy,” he continued. “Even though I was no longer sick, getting your letter made me feel even better.”

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Then Hanks gifted him with one of his prized possessions: his Corona typewriter. “I thought this typewriter would suit you,” he wrote. “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.” The award-winning actor then signed off his letter with a reference to the Toy Story theme tune: “You’ve got a friend in me!” In these tough times, we feel as though we’ve all got a friend in Hanks.

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