Corona De Vries, an eight-year-old from the Gold Coast, 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 there.
The boy had written to Hanks saying: “I heard on the news you and your wife had caught the coronavirus,” Channel 7 reported.
“Are you OK?”
The boy said he loved his name, but people at school called him the coronavirus, which made him “sad and angry”.
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“Your letter made my wife and I feel so wonderful!” Hanks replied in a letter typed on a Corona typewriter which he had taken to the Gold Coast.
“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 aired by Channel 7 News showed.
“Ask a grown up how it works. And use it to write me back.” Hanks handwrote at the end: “P.S. You got a friend in ME!”