Hollywood actor – who has now recovered from contracting coronavirus while filming in Oz – reached out to little boy Corona De Vries after eight-year-old wrote to Tom after he and wife Rita Wilson have been infected with the deadly virus.
Young Corona wished the couple good health and said he was targeted at school because of his name.
In a segment on Australian channel 7, it was revealed that he wrote: “I love my name, but at school people call me the coronavirus.
“I am very sad and angry when people call me that.”
Taken by the words, Tom responded with a card that said, “Your letter made my wife and I so wonderful. Thank you for being such a good friend. Friends make their friends feel good when they’re down. “
“I saw you on TV, even though I was already back in the United States – and healthy. Even though I was no longer sick, receiving your letter made me feel even better. “
Beside the lovable note, Hanks sent the kid a Corona typewriter and shared with the boy, “I thought this typewriter would suit you.” I took her to the Gold Coast, and now she’s back – with you. “
Wanting to use the vintage writing tool, he added, “Ask an adult how it works. And use it to answer me. “
In images shared on the Australian TV channel, Corona exclaimed, “I feel like I’m famous,” when he unwrapped the gift.
Rita and Tom, married since 1998, spent three days at the Gold Coast University Hospital in Queensland, Australia, where Tom was filming a biopic of Baz Luhrmann on Elvis Presley.
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The Oscar winner and his 63-year-old singer wife returned to Los Angeles in a private jet after recovering and Tom kept his fans informed online.
Tom went to Twitter to write, “Hey, guys … We’re home now, and like the rest of America, we continue with shelter on site and social distancing.
“A big thank you to everyone who took care of us in Australia. Their care and advice made our return to the United States possible. And thank you to everyone who reached out.
“Rita and I love her so much. Hanx »
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