A teen in Buffalo, New York spent hours cleaning up after a local protest left his neighborhood street a mess. And, as a result, a community rose together to give him a major reward.
Antonio Gwynn Jr, 18, saw the damage and litter left behind from local protests and took to Bailey Ave with a broom and trash bags at 2 AM on Monday. He continued his one-man cleanup for the next ten hours, knowing the broken glass and garbage could stop people from getting to work in the morning.
When an organized group of neighbors arrived later to start their own cleaning, they found Gwynn had done a bulk of the work by himself. Word of Gwynn’s efforts quickly spread throughout the community.
Matt Block learned about Gwynn when he was watching the news, and knew that gifting the high school senior his 2004 red Mustang convertible was his next step. The 27-year-old told CNN that while the car was his childhood dream, he rarely used it now.
To Block’s surprise, the gift meant much more to Gwynn than he had expected. Gwynn’s mother, who passed away in 2018, also drove a red Mustang. The gifts to Gwynn didn’t stop there, however.
Bob Briceland, a local businessman, gave a year of free auto insurance coverage from his insurance agency to Gwynn after learning of his new car.
“I just felt compelled to help him out,” Briceland told WKBW. We just need to get together our whole city and show people how there’s so many good people here.”
But that wasn’t the end of the story. Gwynn’s plans to attend trade school while saving up for college reached Medaille College in Buffalo, inspiring them to offer Gwynn a full scholarship. Now, he’s planning to study business this fall and eventually open up his own repair shop.
Gwynn is thankful for the community response, saying, “I appreciate everything everyone is doing for me.”