After Antonio Gwynn Jr. saw the damage from protests in his hometown of Buffalo, New York, he started cleaning the streets himself.
He began at 2 a.m. on Monday and did not stop cleaning for the next 10 hours. When an organized group of neighbors arrived later that morning to start clearing the damage, they found that Gwynn had already done most of the work.
Gwynn is an 18-year-old high school senior. He told CNN that he saw on the local news that Bailey Avenue in Buffalo was covered in glass and garbage, and he knew people needed to use that street to get to work in the morning.
Matt Block saw Gwynn’s story on the news and decided to give him his 2004 red Mustang convertible. Block he had wanted that car since he was a child, but only uses it occasionally lately. He saw Gwynn ask for some car buying advice on Facebook, and Matt decided to offer up his own car.
It turns out that gift has more meaning than Block ever imagined. Gwynn’s mother, who passed away in 2018, drove a red Mustang. When he realized the coincidence, Gwynn says that he was so shocked he
“didn’t have any words.”
Local businessman Bob Briceland learned of Block’s gift, and decided to give free auto insurance for a year through his agency.
Briceland told CNN affiliate WKBW,
“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.”
After high school, Gwynn had planned to go to trade school while saving up to go to college. Upon hearing Gwynn’s story, Medaille College in Buffalo offered him a full scholarship where he plans to study business, starting this fall. One of his many career goals is to open a cleaning business.
This isn’t the first time Gynn has stepped up to help others. He is a member of Kappa Phi where he does community service, and he helps out at churches.
Gwynn is thankful for the community response, saying,
“I appreciate everything everyone is doing for me.”