By Delinda Lombardo on
Actor Will Smith and his buddy Charlie Mack Alston have donated 29 top-of-the-line Apple laptops to a high school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, after learning that students had stolen sixty computers from the school.
Smith, who grew up in nearby Wynnefield, West Philadelphia, was prompted to take action after learning of the theft from his pal Charlie Mack-Alston.
According to Philly.com: ‘Alston, who broke into the Hollywood scene by doing security for Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff, was so moved by the plight of the students at West Philly High, many of whom don’t have their own personal laptops or Internet connections at home, that he reached out to Smith, who was in New York City filming “Men in Black III,” and told him about the Feb. 21 theft. There was no lengthy discussion – it was just two like-minded pals agreeing to do whatever it took to make sure the students were able to get back online as quickly as possible.
‘“It was just on my heart that I wanted to do something. I said, ’We’ve got to replace those computers.’ . . . I told Will and then I called West Philly High School," Alston told Philly.com. “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. I said, ‘Hello, my name is Charlie Mack. I’m interested in replacing the computers that were stolen.’”’
The computers furnished by the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation and the Charlie Mack Cares philanthropic organization were delivered by Charlie on Friday, March 18.
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