At 2 a.m. Tuesday morning, 18-year-old Antonio Gwynn, Jr. left his home in Buffalo, New York, and headed out to help clean up his city after it had been vandalized and ransacked by rioters. Armed with a broom and some trash bags, Gwynn kept sweeping and cleaning until finally returning home around noon.
Later in the morning, when a volunteer group from his community gathered to clean, they arrived to find the work had already been done. When asked why he went to work so early, Gwynn said he knew people were going to need to use those streets for their morning commute. Covered in glass and debris, that would have been impossible.
His act of service did not go unnoticed by his neighbors. A man named Matt Block heard the story and when he noticed Gwynn asking for car buying advice on Facebook, decided to give the young man his cherished, but rarely used red Mustang convertible. A local insurance agent named Bob Briceland then offered to insure the vehicle for a year at no cost to Gwynn.
Local Medaille College in Buffalo reached out to Gwynn and offered him a full ride scholarship to study business, beginning this fall. Having originally planned to learn a trade in order to save up for college in the future, Gwynn now plans to study business with the goal of eventually beginning his own cleaning service.
The 18-year-old says he is overwhelmed by the response from his community: "I appreciate everything everyone is doing for me."
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