Teen Who Spent Hours Cleaning Up After Protest Is Rewarded With Car and College Scholarship

June 7, 2020
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    As protesters across the nation demanded police accountability, some have turned destructive.

    Antonio Gwynn Jr. from Buffalo, New York, wanted to do something when he saw the damage from demonstrations in his hometown.

    CNN reported that the young man grabbed a broom and bought some trash bags to help clean his community. The 18-year-old senior started at 2:00 a.m. and did not stop for the next 10 hours.

    Neighbors in the area who decided to go out and clean then realized that Gwynn did most of the work.

    Matt Block, a neighbor in the area, saw Gwynn’s story. On Facebook, Block saw that Gwynn was asking about car advice and decided to give his 2004 red Mustang convertible to the teenager. That car was his childhood dream vehicle, but he said he barely uses it.

    Gwynn shared that the gift was more personal for him due to his late mother owning a red Mustang.

    Gwynn said that he “didn’t have any words,” and Block said it gave him “goosebumps.”

    Bob Briceland, a local businessman, learned of Block’s gift Gwynn. He decided to extend a year of free auto insurance through his agency.

    “I just felt compelled to help him out. We just need to get together our whole city and show people how there are so many good people here,” Briceland said.

    While receiving a new car, Gwynn also received a full scholarship to Medaille College in Buffalo. The high school senior plans to major in business starting this fall.

    Gwynn is thankful for the community response.

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