A teen who spent 10 hours cleaning up the streets after a protest gets a free car, a 2004 red Mustang convertible.
In addition to the car, he also got a year of free auto insurance and a college scholarship.
The incident has led to massive lootings and destruction of properties in New York despite the curfew imposed in the city.
Unlike some of his peers, African American Antonio Gwynn Jr. grabbed a broom and trash bags to cleaning the streets after seeing the damage from protests in his hometown of Buffalo, New York.
Gwynn Jr. started at 2 a.m. on Monday and did not stop cleaning for the next 10 hours.
Organized group of neighbours, who had gathered to start clearing the damages; were shocked in the morning after realizing that Gwynn had already done most of the work.
When the news of how Gwynn single-handedly cleaned the streets spread across the neighborhood, his community responded with a 2004 red Mustang gift.
The car was a gift from a good Samaritan, named Matt Block. 27 year old Block said he decided to give him his prized 2004 Mustang after seeing Gwynn ask for some car buying advice on Facebook.
Gwynn says he was so shocked after receiving the car gift that he “didn’t have any words to say ” because his mother, who passed away in 2018, also drove a red Mustang.
After local businessman Bob Briceland learned of Block’s car gift, he decided to extend a year of free auto insurance coverage through his insurance agency.
Bob Briceland said :
“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,”
Gwynn, an 18-year-old high school Gwynn says he has been saving up to go to college. He said one of his many career goals is to open a cleaning business.
Upon hearing Gwynn’s story, Medaille College in Buffalo also offered him a full scholarship where he plans to study business starting this fall.
Gwynn says he is thankful for the community response, saying, “I appreciate everything everyone is doing for me.”