Teen Cleans up After Protests and the Community Rewards Him

  • Good feels all around in this story.

While this is an odd news story, it’s also a beautiful one, especially in light of everything going on in the world right now. This story is about a kid who did the right thing, and was rewarded because of it. 

After seeing damage from the protests, Antonio Gwynn Jr. of Buffalo, New York, grabbed a broom and some garbage bags, and he begun to clean up the streets alone. He started cleaning up at 2 a.m. last Monday morning and he didn’t stop for the next ten hours. 

A group of neighbors organized themselves and arrived later that morning to help clean up but they realized that Gwynn had already done most of it. This 18-year-old student knew the road that was once covered in glass and garbage was a main street people needed to use to get to work in the morning. 

Once word spread about the impact the teen had on the clean up, his community responded. After seeing Gwynn’s story on the news, Matt Block  decided to give him his prized 2004 red Mustang convertible. 

Block, 27, says that the car he gave Gwynn was one that he wanted since he was a child but that he only uses it occasionally these days. Gwynn had posted on Facebook about advice for car buying and this was when Block stepped in with his gift. 

Block didn’t know it, but his car gift meant more to Gwynn than he could have ever expected. It turns out Gwynn’s mom passed in 2018 and she also drove a red mustang.  

When he realized the coincidence, Gwynn says that he was so shocked he “didn’t have any words,” and Block says it gave him “goosebumps.” But the people weren’t done showing their appreciation yet.

A local businessman Bob Briceland learned of Block’s gift and decided to extend a free year of auto insurance to the teen through his insurance agency. “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 said. 

After hearing about Gwynn’s plans to attend trade school while saving up money for college, Medaille College in Buffalo offered him a full scholarship where he plans to study business starting this fall. 

And believe it or not, one of his career goals is to open a cleaning business. Gwynn has never been recognized in this way, but it’s these type of people who have always went out of their way for others.

Gwynn is a member of Kappa Phi where he does community service and he also helps out at churches. He is thankful for the community response, saying, “I appreciate everything everyone is doing for me.”