In this photo provided by Laura Wolf, 18-year-old Evoni Williams helps a Waffle House patron cut up is food. (Source: Laura Wolf via KHOU, CNN)
(Meredith) – A young waitress who helped an elderly customer at a Houston-area Waffle House is being praised for her kind gesture.
Evoni Williams, 18, was working behind the counter on Saturday when she noticed an older man with an oxygen tank struggling to cut up his food. The customer mentioned his hands didn’t “work too good,” so Williams lent hers.
“Without hesitation, she took his plate and began cutting up his ham,” wrote patron Laura Wolf, who witnessed the kind act and posted a photo of it to Facebook.
“This may seem small, but to him, I’m sure it was huge,” she continued. “I’m thankful to have seen this act of kindness and caring at the start of my day while everything in this world seems so negative.”
Nearly a week later, the photo has been shared more than 40,000 times on Facebook alone. It even grabbed the attention of Texas Southern University, which offered Williams a $16,000 scholarship, KHOU reported.
It’s a life-changing gift for Williams, who graduated high school in May and started working at Waffle House to save up for college.
Williams said she’s honored but never expected her actions would receive so much attention.
“I didn’t know the photo was taken until a couple hours later,” Williams told the Houston Chronicle. “When I saw it, it’s just something I would do for anybody.”
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