Tom Hanks happened upon a lost student ID in the park and turned to social media for help finding its rightful owner. On Tuesday (Oct. 6), the Forrest Gump star posted a photo of the Fordham University card on Twitter and within 24 hours its owner came forward.
Sharing a picture of the pass on Twitter, Tom wrote: “Lauren! I found your Student ID in the park. If you still need it my office will get it to you. Hanx.”
Lauren! I found your Student ID in the park. If you still need it my office will get to you. Hanx. pic.twitter.com/Ee9kK4V4qf
— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) October 6, 2015
Lauren appeared on Good Morning America on Wednesday (Oct. 7) to publicly thank the actor for his kind deed. She said that she thinks she dropped the card while out for a run and wasn't aware that it was missing until she received an email from her professor later that day. "I'm sitting in the library trying to get homework done, and I get an email with a link to Twitter that said, 'You're famous,'" she recalled.
Tom may well have been inspired by his own experience earlier this year when a fan returned the actor’s credit card after discovering it on the street in New York. “A guy named Tony found my credit card on the street in NYC and returned it!” he tweeted in March. “Tony! You make this city even greater! Thanx. HANX.”
Tom has had a tough time of it lately in his private life - the actor has supported his wife Rita Wilson through her battle with breast cancer and is guiding his son Chet through his addiction issues. The 25-year-old spoke in depth about his battle to get sober in a series of Instagram videos, something which Tom described as “brave” in a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight.
“As a parent, you love your kids unconditionally,” Tom said. “You support them every step of the way. You’ve got to applaud the bravery and honesty when it actually comes out of your own house.”
“She took on not only the crisis, but also the issues of women’s cancers in a way that I thought was extremely brave and beautiful,” he told Extra. “I’m glad we’re not in high school, because I wouldn’t have had the courage to talk to her in the hallway! I am a lucky man.”