Good Neighbors

Man Who Cleaned Up His Hometown After Protests Is Getting Rewarded In The Best Way Possible

When his community found out what he did, they wanted to repay him for his kindness.

Antonio Gwynn Jr. was out in the streets at 2:00 am after a night of protests in his hometown of Buffalo, NY. But Gwynn wasn't there to loot or cause destruction. He was there to clean up.

The 18-year-old heard on the news that the streets were covered in broken glass and garbage, so he rented a truck, grabbed a broom and some garbage bags, and began clearing the debris.

After a night of protests, Antonio Gwynn Jr. took it upon himself to clean up the streets in his hometown. Kimberly LaRussa/Facebook

Eight hours later, he was still at it. When a group of volunteers showed up in the morning to do their own clean up, they found there wasn't much left to do, thanks to Gwynn's hard work. When asked why he did it, the teen said people needed to use the street to get to work in the morning.

When word got out about Gwynn's good deed, people in his community wanted to show their appreciation.

Kimberly LaRussa/Facebook

When Matt Block, another resident of Buffalo, found out the recent high school graduate was in need of a set of wheels, he gave Gwynn his prized 2004 red Mustang convertible. What made his gift even more special is the fact that Gwynn's mother, who passed away in 2018, also drove a Mustang.

"The car he sent me a picture of was the same exact car that my mom first got me. It's the same color, same everything," Gwynn told WKBW.

Matt Block gifted Gwynn a red Mustang - the same car Gwynn's late mother drove. Screenshot: CNN

When Block found out about the coincidence, he said he "didn't have any words," and that it gave him "goosebumps." To add icing to the cake, a local businessman offered to cover the cost of Gwynn's car insurance for a year.

"I just felt compelled to help him out," Bob Briceland from Briceland Insurance Agency said. "We just need to get together our whole city and show people how there's so many good people here."

Bob Briceland offered to cover the costs of Gwynn's car insurance for a year. Screenshot: CNN

The most generous gift that Gwynn received is from Medaille College in Buffalo. The liberal arts school offered him a full scholarship, where he plans to study business and learn mechanics on the side.

Gwynn received a full ride scholarship from Medaille College in Buffalo, NY. Antonio Gwynn Jr./Facebook

Gwynn said he was emotional when he heard the news about the scholarship.

"I literally stopped, pulled over and started crying," Gwynn said. "So did my great aunt, and my little cousin did also."

Gwynn is thankful for all of the attention he's been getting for his good deed, however it's not the first time he's stepped up to help his neighbors. He is a member of Kappa Phi where he enjoys doing community service, and he helps out at churches.

Kudos to Gwynn for taking it upon himself to serve his community during a time of crisis. We can all learn a thing or two from someone as kind and self-motivated as Gwynn!


How can you start something good?

If you'd like to help repay Antonio Gwynn Jr. for his kindness, and help him with the costs of preparing for college, click here.

You can also send him a Venmo contribution using the following account: @Antonio-Gwynn.

Also, you can honor Gwynn's selfless act of kindness by doing your own. You can join clean-up efforts in your community, or, if there aren't any groups already established – gather some folks together and do it yourself!

We can all make a difference during these crazy times – we just have to step up and DO it.

Let's #StartSomethingGood together.

The Conversation
More stories you may love

Meet The Dispatcher Who Saved Two Lives In An Hour!

We take folks like McKenzie Davis for granted. But wow! Are we glad they're there when we need them.

Teen Saves Family Of Four From Burning Car

The experience changed his life - now he wants to be a first responder!

Our Mission
Have you ever felt like there's just too much bad news? Ever felt like the world is hopeless, and you're helpless to do anything about it? We did too. That's why we created Sparkt™.
At Sparkt™, we tell powerful stories about great people making a difference in their communities, and we show you how you can make a difference too. Join us, and together, let's #StartSomethingGood!
Sparkt Newsletter
Get positive, uplifting stories in your inbox
Follow Us on Social Media
Download the Mobile App
Sparkt™ is a Rabble Holdings, Inc. Media Brand. © 2020 Rabble Holdings, Inc. All Rights Reserved.