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Teen Rewarded With Car And Scholarship After Spending 10 Hours Cleaning Up Neighbourhood

Teen Rewarded With Car And Scholarship After Spending 10 Hours Cleaning Up Neighbourhood

A teen who selflessly spent 10 hours cleaning up after protests has been rewarded with a swish new car, a year's free insurance and a full scholarship to college.

Antonio Gwynn Jr told CNN he saw a local news report last Sunday that showed Bailey Avenue, in Buffalo, New York, littered with broken glass and rubbish and said he knew people would be needing to use that street to get to work the following day.

The teen left his home at 2am, armed with a brush and some rubbish bags, and set about cleaning up the neighbourhood - saying that this is the sort of thing his late mother would have done.

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He spent the next 10 hours hard at work, getting the area looking ship-shape - so, when a group of neighbours arrived the next morning to start cleaning they found the job had already been done.

Credit: WKBW
Credit: WKBW

The local community were bowled over when they heard what Antonio done - among those impressed with hard work and altruism was Matt Block who decided to give Antonio his 2004 red Mustang convertible.

The 27-year-old told the news outlet he loved the car but that he wasn't using it very often anymore - despite this, he wasn't prepared to sell it but spotted an ideal solution when he heard about what Antonio had done.

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Matt said he saw Antonio ask for advice about buying a car online and decided to give him his Mustang.

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He told CNN: "I couldn't come to grips with selling it and this was a good way of getting rid of it and knowing that it's going to go to someone who appreciates it."

What made the whole thing even more poignant was that Antonio's late mother used to drive a red Mustang, with the coincidence leaving the teen speechless.

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Credit: CNN
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But the thanks didn't stop there - when a local businessman called Bob Briceland heard about what Matt had done he offered up a year's car insurance though his insurance agency.

He told WKBW: "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."

And when news of Antonio's good deed reached Medaille College in Buffalo they offered him a full scholarship for when he goes there to study business later this year.

Speaking about the moment he heard he'd received the scholarship, he told WKBW: "I literally stopped, pulled over, and started crying. So did my great aunt. My little cousin did also."

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An overwhelmed Antonio added: "I appreciate everything everyone is doing for me."

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Topics: Inspirational, US News

Claire Reid

Claire is a journalist at LADbible who, after dossing around for a few years, went to Liverpool John Moores University. She graduated with a degree in Journalism and a whole load of debt. When not writing words in exchange for money she is usually at home watching serial killer documentaries surrounded by cats. You can contact Claire at [email protected]