Teen gets scholarship, car, and more as thanks for cleaning streets after protest
After seeing the terrible aftermath of the protests in his hometown in Buffalo, NY, Antonio Gwynn Jr., 18, decided to take action and clean the mess by himself.
He got to work at 2 in the morning on Monday and did not stop cleaning for 10 hours straight. After a group of neighbors organized themselves to start cleaning the mess, they found that Gwynn had already gotten most of the work done.
Gwynn is currently a senior in high school. He told CNN that he saw on TV that the streets were drowning in garbage and glass, and he knew people needed to use these streets to get to work in the morning.
When people started talking about Gwynn’s achievement, his community did not take long to respond appropriately.
Matt Block, 27, saw the story on the news and decided to give him an amazing gift: his red Mustang convertible. Block said he dreamt of this car since he was a kid, but he had rarely been using it lately. He saw that Gwynn was asking for car purchasing advice on Facebook, and decided to make him his as a token of appreciation.
What a fabulous gesture by ANTONIO GWYNN JR 18 in Buffalo / my STAR OF THE NIGHT – Read about this winner in the Game of Life ! https://t.co/HKbHMDl5jV
— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) June 7, 2020
And as it turns out, the present meant more than Block could ever imagine.
Gwynn’s mom, who died back in 2018, also drove a red Mustang. When he realized what an amazing coincidence this was, Gwynn says he was so stunned he was left speechless, and Block says it gave him “goosebumps.”
Local Businessman Bob Briceland found out about Block’s present and decided to give him one year of free car insurance through his insurance company.
“I just felt compelled to help him out. We just need to get together our whole city and show people how there’s so many good people here,” Briceland told WKBW.
God bless Antonio Gwynn Jr! Well deserved young man need more people in this world like you.👍💯
— justin (@devious1987) June 7, 2020
After finishing school, Gwynn planed to attend trade school while saving money for college.
When he heard of Gwynn’s act of kindness, Medaille College in Buffalo offered him a full scholarship where he intends to study business starting later this year.
Even though this is the first time the young man was given this kind of recognition, he has also helped others in the past.
We shall overcome, with the help of young people like Antonio Gwynn Jr. ! Stay strong, and make rage into a tool for goodness! https://t.co/2v1QxkGzXy
— Malama Maluhia (@MalamaMaluhia) June 14, 2020
Gwynn is a member of Kappa Phi where he does community service, and he also helps out at churches.
He expressed his gratitude for the community by saying:
“I appreciate everything everyone is doing for me.”
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