Following a day of protests, Antonio Gwynn Jr. took to the streets of his hometown in Buffalo, New York, and started cleaning up the rubble left behind. The teenager told CNN that he knew that Bailey Avenue in Buffalo is a place of high transit for workers in the morning, and after seeing the glass and garbage left behind, he decided to help. He started working on cleaning the avenue by himself, on Monday, June 1,at 2 a.m., and when an organized group of neighbors arrived later to help, he had already cleaned up most of the space.
As more members of the community began to hear about how Gwynn took action, he started to receive more praise and compensation. Moved by the teenager's selflessness, Matt Block decided to gift him his 2004 red Mustang convertible. Block saw that Antonio was seeking car-buying advice in a Facebook group and decided to offer up his car, which was, coincidentally, also the same type of car that Gwynn's mother drove before she passed away in 2018. Following Block's actions, a local businessman, Bob Briceland, heard about the teen's good deed and decided to grant him a year of free auto insurance coverage through his agency. Briceland told CNN that he was motivated to reward the teenager as "we need to get together, our whole city, and show people how there are so many good people here," he said.
Antonio Gwynn Jr. is an 18-year-old senior in high school who intended to attend trade school in order to save money for college. After hearing about his commitment towards community service in his hometown, Medaille College in Buffalo offered him a full scholarship. He is planning to study business in the fall, and one of this career goals is to open up a cleaning business. Gwynn has offered to help others in his hometown on various occasions, but this is the first time that he received recognition for his deeds. He enjoys doing community service through Kappa Phi and helping out at churches. He expressed his gratitude to the community and told CNN that he "appreciates everything that everyone is doing for him."