Tom Hanks Gives Typewriter To Boy Bullied Because His Name Is Corona

Written by on April 24, 2020

An 8-year-old boy named “Corona” has bought a pal in Tom Hanks ― in addition to a present stemming from the actor’s offbeat passion of accumulating typewriters.

It began when Corona De Vries of Queensland, Australia, despatched a get-well letter after the actor, who he knew from the “Toy Story” films, and spouse Rita Wilson contracted COVID-19 whereas within the boy’s nation for a film undertaking.

“I heard on the information you and your spouse had caught the coronavirus. Are you OK?” wrote Corona, who was named for the outermost layer of the solar, in line with Australian information outlet 7News.com.au.

The boy additionally talked about the challenges he now faces due to his title. “I really like my title however at college folks name me the coronavirus,” he wrote. “I get very unhappy and indignant when folks name me this.”

The letter was despatched April 6 and Hanks’ response confirmed up at Corona’s home earlier this week, in line with the BBC:

 “Pricey Buddy Corona,” the letter started. “Your letter made my spouse and I really feel so great! Thanks for being such a great pal ― pals make pals really feel good when they’re down.”

Hanks added that the 8-year-old boy was “the one individual I’ve ever identified to have the title Corona – just like the ring across the solar, a crown.”

Together with the letter, Hanks despatched a present: A classic Corona typewriter very similar to the one on this Instagram publish.

The actor informed Corona, “I believed this typewriter would swimsuit you… Ask a grown-up the way it works. And use it to jot down me again.” Hanks included just a few self-addressed stamped envelopes to make that simpler, in line with CNN.

He additionally emphasised that he sincerely appreciated the boy’s word by writing, “You bought a pal in me!” ― the title of the “Toy Story” theme track ― on the backside of his letter.

Hanks wrote about his ardour for accumulating typewriters – particularly classic ones ― in a 2013 New York Instances essay.


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