Buffalo teen who spent 10 hours cleaning up after a protest is rewarded with a car and a college scholarship

June 7, 2020

Written By

Mary Friona Celani

This story is too amazing not to share!!!  Way to go Antonio!!!


This story was reported by CNN.


It’s a story about a teenager who took it upon himself to make a difference. A Buffalo teenager who decided he wanted to walk the walk – not just talk the talk! We are so proud of this young man!!

It’s a great reminder of how many helpers are out there! Always look for the helpers!!

Antonio Gwynn Jr – an 18-year-old high school senior – was devastated by the damage from protests in Buffalo. So – he grabbed a broom and some trash bags and went to work cleaning up the area. He worked for ten hours!

He told CNN that he saw on the local news that Bailey Avenue in Buffalo was covered in glass and garbage, and he knew people needed to use that street to get to work in the morning.

When word spread of how Gwynn single-handedly took action, his community responded – BIG TIME!!

Matt Block saw Gwynn’s story on the news and decided to give him his prized 2004 red Mustang convertible. Block, 27, told CNN the car is one he wanted since he was a child, but these days he is only using it occasionally. He saw Gwynn ask for some car buying advice on Facebook, and Matt decided to offer up his sports car.

This is amazing. This man GAVE his sports car away.

It turns out that gift has more meaning than Block ever imagined. Gwynn’s mother, who passed away in 2018, also drove a red Mustang.

Local businessman Bob Briceland learned of Block’s gift, and he decided to extend a year of free auto insurance coverage through his insurance agency.

After high school, Gwynn had planned to go to trade school while saving up to go to college. Upon hearing Gwynn’s story, Medaille College in Buffalo offered him a full scholarship where he plans to study business starting this fall. One of his many career goals is to open a cleaning business.

How awesome is that!!!

Gwynn tells CNN that this is the first time he’s received this type of recognition for his good deeds, but this is not the first time he stepped up to help others. He is a member of Kappa Phi where he enjoys doing community service, and he helps out at churches.

We need more  folks like Antonio in the world!!!!


Photo – CNN


About Me

Welcome to Totally Buffalo! My name is Mary Friona-Celani and I am the creator of this site! After spending 20 years in the Buffalo media, I moved on to focus on my beautiful family. Now, the time has come for a new project. I was ready for something new. Something mine.
I am born and raised in WNY and my pride runs deep. My husband, Scott and I are very happy to be raising our four daughters here.






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