His name is Corona.

By Christopher Luu
Updated Apr 23, 2020 @ 6:30 pm
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Tom Hanks continues to prove that we don't deserve his singular brand of purity and goodness. According to NBC News, Hanks sent a Corona-brand typewriter and a letter to a boy getting bullied for his name, Corona. The lucky kid is Corona De Vries, an 8-year-old resident of the Gold Coast. When he found out that Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, were quarantined in Australia while they recovered from their battles with COVID-19, he sent them a letter, asking them how they were doing and letting them know that kids at his school were calling him coronavirus, a not-so-clever spin on his name.

"I heard on the news you and your wife had caught the coronavirus," Corona wrote, Australia's Channel 7 News reports. "Are you OK?" He added that the nickname he was given made him "sad and angry."

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In true Hanks fashion, he replied via his typewriter (he loves them so much that he's written a book about them), saying, "Your letter made my wife and I feel so wonderful!"

He went on to tell Corona that his name was unique, writing, "You know, you are the only person I've ever known to have the name Corona -- like the ring around the sun, a crown," and finished, "I thought this typewriter would suit you. Ask a grown up how it works. And use it to write me back."

If that sentiment wasn't enough to get a kid to smile, Hanks added a handwritten note to the end of his letter: "P.S. You got a friend in ME."