After learning about the theft of sixty computers from a school in Philadelphia, Will Smith and his friend Charlie Mack Alston, have donated twenty-nine Apple laptop computers to get kids back online.
It started on February 21st when a local news station reported the theft. Philadelphia resident and former security for Smith, Charlie Mack Alston, saw the news and immediately called up his old friend.
Alston said, “‘We’ve got to replace those computers.’ . . . I told Will and then I called West Philly High School. I wanted this within 24 hours . . . so they [the students] didn’t have any excuses as to why they couldn’t compete, why they couldn’t perform.”
Many kids at West Philly High don’t have computers or Internet at home, so these computers were vital to the student’s education.
The joint donation came from the Will and Jada Smith Foundation and Alston’s own charity organization, Charlie Cares. It took some doing. The school didn’t even believe Alston when he first called. Then he had to go through the school’s Apple representative. The computers were scheduled to be delivered on March 18th. Smith, a West Philly native, is filming Men in Black III so wasn’t able to attend, but Alston was there to present the gift.
As for the stolen computers, the thieves have been found. They were two high school students looking to make some money off of the stolen merchandise. Perhaps they’ll look and see what Will Smith and Charlie Mack Alston did and rethink their actions.