A Filipino boy never thought that his American benefactor was actually the President of America as he only knew him as “G Walker”.
The secret benefactor turned out to be the 41st President of the United States, George Herbert Walker Bush. His charitable deeds were hidden by the Christian Charity he had been helping.
Compassion International, a charity that aims to help poor children all over the world, revealed for the very first time that the late president, who died recently, sponsored a Filipino boy for about 10 years.
The organization also released several heartwarming letters of Bush to the young boy.
“I want to be your new pen pal,” says Bush in a letter which was sent last January 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 letter further said.
The authenticity of the letters was also confirmed by the former press secretary of Bush, Jim McGrath.
“This is but one of the seemingly countless acts of kindness that George Bush performed through the years without fanfare, but rather because it was what was in his heart,” says McGrath.
Timothy was sponsored by Bush since 2002 until his graduation in the institution in 2012. The identity of the benefactor of Timothy remained a secret throughout all those years.
However, there are hints that describe the real identity of the secret benefactor.
“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,” he wrote.
He also offered the young Timothy some gentle advice.
“I sure hope you like school and athletics. I do. I am an old man – now 78 – but I feel young at heart,” Bush writes.
Timothy graduated in the charity program when he was 17 and a charity employee told him about the identity of the secret benefactor. He was totally stunned and thankful of the huge help that the late president gave him.