Tom Hanks had a special gift for a bullied boy in Australia.
Corona De Vries, an eight-year-old from the Gold Coast in Queensland, wrote to Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, who spent more than two weeks in quarantine after testing positive for Covid-19. The boy wrote to Hanks saying: “I heard on the news you and your wife had caught the coronavirus, are you OK?” The letter continues to explain that the young De Vries has suffered in school because people call him ‘the coronavirus.’ “I get very sad and angry when people call me this.”
But Tom Hanks, being the genuine good guy he is, had a beautiful and inspiring response for the young De Vries.
“Your letter made my wife and I feel so wonderful! You know, you are the only person I’ve ever known to have the name Corona – like the ring around the sun, a crown,” the double Oscar winner wrote to the boy. “I thought this typewriter would suit you,” an image of the letter showed. “Ask a grown up how it works. And use it to write me back (…) “P.S. You got a friend in ME!”
This has shed some good news on a world constantly overwhelmed by news of contagious outbreaks and unemployment. Vouge reports that Hanks appeared to be recovered enough from COVID-19 to host Saturday Night Live’s first virtual episode earlier in April, and now, it appears he’s back in full altruistic form. And not a moment too soon, because as Hanks goes, so goes the nation.