Late U.S. President George W. Bush secretly sponsored a Filipino child, letters reveal

Former President George W. Bush and the child, Timothy (photo from Dallas Morning News and CNN)

Manila, Philippines – News surfaced that late United States president George W. Bush has secretly sponsored a 7-year-old boy in the Philippines for the past ten years using an alias.

Even after his death, the 41st US president continues to warm people’s hearts.

A nonprofit organization called Compassion International that uses local churches to help poor children around the world shared in a letter with CNN, that Bush sponsored a boy named Timothy in the Philippines.

The former president sent funds for the child’s education, extracurricular activities, and even for his food.

Though the Bush family could not comment on it, the authenticity of the letter was confirmed by Jim McGrath, a spokesperson for the Office of George W. Bush.

"This is but one of seemingly countless acts of kindness that George Bush performed through the years without fanfare, but rather because it was what was in his heart," McGrath said.

Disguised as G. Walker, for Timothy’s safety, Bush had been writing him a letter since 2001.

Timothy when he was only seven years old with some of the letters he sent to his pen pal / photo from AFP  via Channel News Asia

The organization also released a number of Bush’s heartwarming letters to his young beneficiary.

"I want to be your new pen pal," Bush wrote in his initial letter sent on Jan 24, 2002.

"I am an old man, 77 years old, but I love kids; and though we have not met, I love you already," the late president said, identifying himself as a resident of Texas.

Reportedly, Bush started sponsoring Timothy with a monthly donation in 2002 until he graduated from the charitable program in 2012.

Though Bush’s identity had been kept a secret, there were times that his letters would contain some hints of his true identity.

In one letter he wrote: "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."

Occasionally, Bush would send gifts to Timothy.

"I'd like to thank you for the letter you sent me, as well as the drawing pad, coloured pen and colored pencil," says a response letter from Timothy in 2004.

Timothy graduated at the age of 17 and it was only then that the true identity of his pen pal was revealed, he was stunned to know that the man he had been writing letters to, was once a president of a nation.

George W. Bush began sponsoring Timothy in 2002, when he was seven / photo from AFP via Channel News Asia

The charity has lost contact with Timothy, but its president Wess Stafford is sure of the impact of the late president to the young man’s life.

Source: CNN 

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