Will Smith Donates 30 Laptops After Theft at Philly School
Will Smith is giving back to the community he grew up in. The accomplished rapper-turned-actor's foundation, Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation, teamed up with the Charlie Mack Cares organization to gift West Philly High School with 30 computers. The donation replaced some of the 60 computers stolen from the school last month.
According to NBC Philadelphia, the equipment stolen was worth $80,000 and included 58 laptops, two desktops and an LCD projector. Ironically the burglary came just as the school was celebrating its 100th anniversary. Surveillance video revealed three people wearing masks and gloves running through the school's hallways on the day of the burglary. The suspects have since been apprehended and charged with the crime. Police were able to recover only half of the stolen property, when Smith and his friend, Mack stepped in giving laptops and a desktop computer to the school.
Known for his philanthropy, Smith was honored at the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Annual Tribute Dinner in 2009. "Will often gets honored for the great talent he is, and it's just fantastic to see him being honored for the great man that he is," his wife Jada said during the event.
The Will and Jada Smith Foundation supports acts to improve the welfare of inner-city families and education.