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Why Did Tom Hanks Give A Stranger A Typewriter? The Answer Is One Heartwarming Click Away

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Tom Hanks and typewriters have had a long, beautiful relationship. He has affectionately written about them for the Paper of Record, in a wonderful piece called I Am TOM. I Like to TYPE. Hear That? He has been successfully bribed with them. He even created a Hanx Writer app. And just last week the Hankster took his Smith-Corona to London. Oh the things they've seen.

And now, Tom Hanks has gifted someone else with a typewriter, because he is a genuinely good soul who wants to share the things he loves. Just ask Obama. Yesterday, as Hanks was receiving his Medal of Freedom from the President, Denise Esposito opened a package delivered to her home in Italy and found a gift from the actor. She posted a photo on Reddit showing the charcoal Royal typewriter next to a note that read: "For your lovely book of sketches of -- all -- those MOVIES... Here is a typewriter to do with whatever you need... Make more art! And many thanks. Tom Hanks."

Esposito tells us that she met Hanks at the Rome Film Festival in October, where she managed to present his publicist with a sketchbook she put together depicting him in his movies (and the TV show Bosom Buddies!). "I managed to give my gift to him in person... He's my favorite actor, and I wanted to make a special present for him so I worked hard on all those drawings for 3 weeks and kept my fingers crossed," Esposito told LAist. "I was like 'Okay, at least I'm sure he'll receive it.' And a few minutes later a guy called me saying that Tom Hanks just saw my sketchbook and wanted to meet me! I couldn't believe it and nearly started to cry." Hanks told her, "I will send you a typewriter! I've got many and I'd love for you to have one."

The drawings are impressive, so it's not surprising Hanks was moved by them—click through for a look. Esposito has also shared the below video showing the sketchbook, and the moment she met Hanks:

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SEE, everything is going to be okay, because good people still exist in the world. Thanks Hanks.