The 41st President sponsored a 7-year-old boy in the Philippines for ten years using a pseudonym, the nonprofit who connected them revealed.
Through Compassion International , a nonprofit organization that uses local churches to help children in poor communities around the world, Bush sponsored a boy named Timothy.
The Bush family was not available to comment on the letters, but Jim McGrath, a spokesperson for the Office of George H. W. Bush, confirmed the letters' authenticity.
I am an old man, 77 years old, but I love kids; and though we have not met I love you already.
Bush first got the idea to sponsor a child in 2001, when he attended a Christmas concert in Washington.
During intermission, "they would tell the audience about us, and ask them if they would like to sponsor a child," he said.
"Sponsoring a child, even if they are still in the womb, can encourage them and guide them to become great human beings. »