Weeks after the passing of the late 41st President of the United States, George H.W Bush, old letters reveal that the former president sponsored a boy from the Philippines for more than a decade, We For News reports.
Compass International, a nonprofit that aims to help children in poor communities around the world, recently revealed that the late president sponsored a boy named Timothy under a pseudonym, G. Walker.
In one of the letters, Bush writes “Dear Timothy, I want to be your new pen pal. I am an old man, 77 years old, but I love kids; and though we have not met I love you already. I live in Texas – I will write you from time to time – Good Luck. G. Walker.”
Jim McGrath, former press secretary for the late president, has authenticated the letters, as stated in Channel News Asia.
Through his sponsorship, Bush provided funds for Timothy’s schooling, food, and extracurriculars.
Other letters from the president to Timothy include messages of encouragement.
“I sure hope you like school and athletics. I do. I am an old man – now 78 – but I feel young at heart,” wrote Bush in one letter.
Even though he wrote under a pseudonym, the former president did leave hints to his identity.
“I got to go to the White House at Christmas time. Here is a little booklet that I got at the White House in Washington,” Bush wrote in a letter to Timothy.
Once Timothy aged out of the program in 2012, a representative from the charity eventually informed him of the true identity of his sponsor.
The charity has since lost touch with Timothy since then, but has a feeling that Bush made an impact on Timothy’s life.
“We may not know where Timothy is, but we know he’s now living a successful life,” Channel News Asian reports Wess Stafford, President of Compass International, told CNN.
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