Wise teamed up with Councilman Bill Perkins, Harlem District Leader Keith Lilly and local youth to lead the effort.
From hosting toy drives for underprivileged youth to donating money to help others fight wrongful convictions, Korey Wise—a member of the Exonerated Five—has been dedicated to paying it forward. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Harlem native furthered his community-focused philanthropic efforts by providing food for senior citizens in his hometown, PIX 11 reported.
Wise teamed up with Councilman Bill Perkins, Harlem District Leader Keith Lilly and a group of local teenagers to deliver food to over 100 elderly residents living at Harlem’s Schomburg Plaza. The youth who participated volunteered after finishing their online school studies. Wise says it’s important for the community to rally around the seniors during this time of need. “I love being here,” he told the news outlet. “We have to go back to the essence anyway. Just give to them. Visit them.” Lilly echoed Wise’s sentiments stating that he hopes this act of generosity inspires youth from around the world to lead similar efforts in their local communities. “It’s a lesson of giving back,” he said. “Kids all over should take this as a guiding point to do things that are positive for our community.” They plan on making more food deliveries with the help of the nonprofit organization Meals on Wheels.