Bush's former press secretary, Jim McGrath, confirmed that Bush actually wrote the letters, the Philippine-based media outlet reported.
"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 told ABS-CBN.
Timothy graduated from the program when he was 17, and an employee revealed his pen pal’s identity, according to Wess Stafford, the former president of Compassion International.
"After a while, my executive assistant, Angie Lathrop, took over the sponsorship, and after Timothy graduated at 17, she flew to the Philippines to meet him," Stafford told CNN. "That's when she told him who his sponsor really was."
Timothy was stunned, Stafford said. Compassion International has since lost touch with Timothy, but Stafford believes the correspondence had a positive effect on the boy's life.
We may not know where Timothy is, but we know he's now living a successful life," Stafford told CNN.