(TMU) – As protests have swept across the United States in the aftermath of the brutal killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, cities both large and small have had to pick up the pieces left behind after the unrest has subsided.
But teenager Antonio Gwynn Jr. of Buffalo, New York, wasn’t about to wait for a community appeal to start cleaning up the debris left behind by the raging battles between residents and police. Instead, he took it upon himself to grab a broom and some trash bags and start cleaning up the streets on his own.
And for his selfless acts, he’s been handsomely rewarded with a full scholarship and a gorgeous red convertible car.
Gwynn, an 18-year-old high school student, told CNN that when he saw that Bailey Avenue suffered damage and was strewn with glass and debris following violent clashes last Sunday between Buffalo police and local residents, his first concern was for the workers he knew would need the street to get to work the next morning.
So he grabbed his broom and started his volunteer endeavor at 2 a.m., sweeping and cleaning the streets by himself for the next 10 hours. When the neighbors arrived to clean up the street that morning, they immediately noticed that Gwynn had already performed the task.
Matt Block, 27, noticed Gwynn’s story in the local. After doing a little bit of research, he saw that Gwynn had been asking around on Facebook for some advice on buying a new car. So Block decided to just give the teen his red 2004 Ford Mustang convertible.
“I couldn’t come to grips with selling it and this was a good way for me to get rid of it and know someone that gets it is going to appreciate it,” Block told WKBW.
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18-yr-old Antonio Gwynn started at 2am and spent hours on his own cleaning up his street after riots broke out the night before.
Days later, he was awarded a FULL college scholarship from @MedailleCollege and this new car.
— Kate Glaser (@KateGIaser) June 7, 2020
The gift was auspicious, as Gwynn’s late mother who passed away in 2018 also drove a red Mustang.
“The car he sent me a picture of was the same exact car that my mom first got me. It’s the same color, same everything,” said Gwynn.
Gwynn was so shocked that “he didn’t have words” – and Block, too, said that the coincidence gave him “goosebumps.”
A local businessman, Bob Briceland, soon learned about Block’s gift and decided to also give a gift of his own – a year of free auto insurance provided by his very own insurance agency.
“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,” Briceland said.
Gwynn, a high school senior, had been planning to attend a trade school while he saved up for college. However, upon learning about Gwynn’s selfless deeds, local Medaille College extended a full ride scholarship to the good Samaritan.
Upon hearing the news, Gwynn says he “literally stopped, pulled over, and started crying. So did my great aunt. My little cousin did also.”
Gwynn plans to study business this fall as well as mechanics on the side. After completing his studies, he hopes to start his own cleaning business.
“I always wanted to be someone to help everyone with their car problems. This is a great opportunity I have right in front of me,” he said.
While this may be the first time Gwynn has received recognition on this scale for his altruistic acts, he is a regular volunteer at his local church and also does community service through Kappa Phi.
Keanu Reeves Praised As Video of Him Offering Seat to Lady in Subway Resurfaces
Keanu Reeves is an actor who has long been loved by audiences —and not necessarily due to his acting skills, but due to how nice the John Wick star is.
And now, Reeves is once again earning praise as a “true gentleman” after resurfaced video footage shows Reeves giving up his seat on the subway.
The clip was shared by Instagram film fan account Cinemonkeys where it has since earned nearly 45,000 likes.
The video footage dates back to 2011, when it was shared on YouTube by a user of the video-sharing platform.
At the time, Reeves was already a superstar riding on the fame he earned from the Matrix, Speed, and a number of other blockbuster hits.
When Reeves notices a woman carrying a heavy bag, he quickly points to his seat and asks if she would like to sit. The woman accepts and Reeves gets up without hesitating to let her take his seat.
Reeves, ever the model citizen, then stands and holds onto a subway pole while carrying his bag.
The video has since been watched over 27 million times and was even cited in a 2019 Time magazine profile of the actor describing Reeves as the “soul mate” of the internet.
The resurfacing of the clip on Instagram once again impressed users of the platform.
“This human being’s soul honestly shines so bright,” wrote one user.
“OMG I love him in every single way,” another person commented.
“His kindness knows no bounds,” commented someone else.
Keanu is set to reprise his role as Neo in the upcoming fourth Matrix film directed and written by Lana Wachowski, who co-directed the earlier trilogy with her sister Lilly. He will also return to the silver screen in John Wick: Chapter 4, which will be released in 2022.
Drunk Man Rescues Injured Baby Bird By Sending It To Animal Shelter… In An Uber
An injured baby bird received a new lease on life after a young man who was inebriated had the good sense to send the little creature to an animal shelter because he and his friends were too drunk to drive.
In the Summer of 2019, a small lesser goldfinch suddenly appeared by itself at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah. The center’s chairman, Buz Marthaler, was notified by a volunteer who sent him a photo.
“It was a picture of this bird, and it had come by Uber,” Marthaler told FOX13. “It was just crazy.”
As it turns out, the tiny bird – which was only two weeks old – indeed rolled up to the site by its lonesome, the sole passenger in an Uber vehicle called by concerned citizens who found the injured creature.
Among those good Samaritans was Tim Crowley, who had been “day drinking” on that Saturday before he and his buddies witnessed the little bird fall from the sky.
“Impromptu, sitting in some camp chairs, hanging out, having a few drinks when we had a visitor fall out of the sky,” he explained.
Crowley then snapped a photo of the bird and sent it to the WRCNU, which instructed him to immediately bring the bird in. However, the group obviously couldn’t drive since they had been guzzling booze all day.
So Crowley decided he’d hail a cab for the creature.
“At first it was a joke, like, ‘Hey, maybe we should just call Uber!’” he said. “Then we were like, ‘No, really. Why not? We’re paying them.’”
As it turns out, the bird – since named “Petey Uber” by staff at the rescue center – likely would have perished if not for Crowley’s quick thinking.
Marthaler remains impressed by Crowley’s move and shared the news on its Facebook page.
“While we feel we’ve seen it all and can’t be amazed by anything, there is always someone out there to prove us wrong,” the shelter’s post read. “Thank you to the rescuer who helped this little one get the care it needed in a timely manner and thank you for keeping yourself safe and others on the road safe as well.”
Binx the Cat, Who Survived Florida Condo Collapse, Found and Reunited With Family
Amid the tragedy of last month’s collapse of a South Florida condo building, there was a tiny bit of good news when a cat named Binx, who lived on the ninth floor of the Surfside building, was found safe and returned to his family.
“I’m glad that this small miracle could bring some light into the lives of a hurting family today and provide a bright spot for our whole community in the midst of this terrible tragedy,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava in a Friday press conference, reports NPR.
Levine Cava explained that a volunteer who feeds street cats in the area recognized the cat near the building before bringing him to an animal shelter, where it was then identified.
Gina Nicole Vlasek, the co-founder of the The Kitty Campus rescue group, posted on Facebook that a black cat had been found near the rubble of the group before it was brought to the shelter on Thursday night.
“We are so grateful to be able to help in any small way,” Vlasek said.
“All we needed was a ray of hope in this tragedy,” she continued. “Today was one of the most amazing days.. one of the survivors came to see the cat and to determine if it was her families cat and IT WAS!”
The mayor said that animal control workers are continuing to work to recover any pets that may have survived the horrible collapse.
The 12-story Surfside condo collapsed on June 24. At least 79 people have been confirmed dead, with 61 additional residents remaining unaccounted for.