Some people always go above and beyond to help others, and Antonio Gwynn Jr. is definitely one of them!
The 18-year-old high school senior from Buffalo, New York, is a member of Phi Kappa, a secondary school fraternity with a strong emphasis on community service. After protests in his hometown, he thought nothing of grabbing a broom and hitting the streets to start cleaning up.
Without being asked, Antonio started cleaning at 2 a.m. — and didn’t stop for 10 hours! He knew many of his neighbors needed to get to work the next day, and someone needed to clear the broken glass and garbage out of their way. By the time other groups showed up to clean, he’d already cleared most of the area!
Word of the teen’s selflessness spread quickly, and soon local residents found ways to return the favor! When a stranger named Matt Block saw Antonio’s story on the news, he decided to give the young man his 2004 red Mustang convertible.
“I couldn’t come to grips with selling it,” Matt explained. “This was a good way for me to get rid of it and know someone that gets it is going to appreciate it.”
Not only did Antonio enjoy the unexpected gift, but it also held special meaning for him. Before his mother’s death in 2018, she drove the same car — down to the red color! Matt said the moving coincidence gave him “goose bumps.”
And the best was yet to come! Insurance agent Bob Briceland heard about the car and offered Antonio a free year of auto insurance. Then Medaille College gave him a full ride scholarship! The teen was planning to take classes at a trade school while he saved for tuition, and now he’ll be able to pursue his dream of being a small business owner!
“I literally stopped, pulled over, and started crying,” Gwynn said. “So did my great aunt. My little cousin did also.”
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