'You've got a friend in me' - Tom Hanks writes letter to boy bullied because his name is Corona
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'You've got a friend in me' - Tom Hanks writes letter to boy bullied because his name is Corona

TOM HANKS has written a letter to a boy in Australia who was being bullied because his name is Corona. 

The Hollywood tar sent a typewriter and typed letter to Corona De Vries after the young fan got in touch to explain he was being picked on because of his name. 

Hanks spent several weeks in lockdown over in Queensland after testing positive for COVID-19 with his wife Rita Wilson back in March. 

Corona first wrote to the Forrest Gump star to see if he was okay after his recent bout of illness. 7News reports. 

In the letter, he revealed to Hanks people at his school had begun calling him “Coronavirus” and it was something that had made him “sad and angry”. 

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Touched by his letter, Hanks replied by sending him a Corona-brand typewriter along with a reply thanking Corona for his letter, adding that it made him and his wife “feel wonderful”. 

“Thank you for being such a good friend – friends make their friends feel good when they are down,” Hanks said. 

“Even though I was no longer sick, getting your letter made me feel even better."

He added: “You know, you are the only person I’ve ever known to have the name Corona – like the ring around the sun, a crown.” 

“I thought this typewriter would suit you. I had taken it to the Gold Coast, and now, it is back – with you,” Hanks continued 

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“Ask a grown up how it works. And use it to write me back.” 

Referencing Toy Story, Hanks signed off the message: “P.S. You got a friend in Me!”.