A Buffalo teenager who took it upon himself to sweep up after the George Floyd protests has been handsomely rewarded for his efforts.
Antonio Gwynn Jr., an 18-year-old high school student, has been offered a full scholarship to Medaille College and can zip to class in a red, 2004 Ford Mustang convertible, a gift from a grateful local who was moved by the teen’s. initiative, according to reports.
You’re even getting a year of free auto insurance, courtesy of a local businessman.
“I just felt compelled to help him out,” Bob Briceland of Briceland Insurance told Buffalo’s WKBW-TV. “We just need to get together our whole city and show people how to get so many good people here.”
Like other cities throughout the country, Buffalo has been hit with demonstrations in the wake of the May 25 police custody of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
After seeing the damage to his hometown, Gwynn picked up a broom Monday and began sweeping up the debris at 2 p.m. Monday – and continue for 10 hours straight.
When volunteers showed up later in the day, they found the teen already hard at work, according to CNN.
Matt Block saw the story on local news and was moved enough to hand the teen the keys to his dream car – the mustang.
“I came to grips with selling it and this was a good way for me to get rid of it and know someone who got it is going to appreciate it,” he told WKBW.
Unbeknownst to Block, the car had special significance to Gwynn – it was
“The car he sent me a picture of the same exact car that my mom first got me to,” Gwynn said, adding that his mother died in 2018. “Just the same color, same everything.”