18-year-old waitress Evoni Williams was busy on the morning her destiny changed. The teen works at the Waffle House in La Marque, Texas, saving up tips to go to college.
But on this particular day, she was unaware that her small act of kindness towards a customer would end up with her receiving a life-changing gift!
While busily serving customers, one elderly man timidly asked Evoni if she could help him cut his ham. She did, and her kindness did not go unnoticed.
That’s because they were being watched by Laura Wolf, who snapped a photo and put it up on her Facebook page, where it quickly went viral.
Laura wrote, “I don’t know her name but I heard this elderly man tell her his hands don’t work too good. He was also on oxygen and struggling to breathe. Without hesitation, she took his plate and began cutting up his ham. This may seem small but to him, I’m sure it was huge. 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.”
The senior is Adrien Charpentier. He’s a regular at the restaurant and is known as “Mr. Karaoke” by the restaurant staff because he often sings at the local senior center. He recently had a bout of pneumonia and is experiencing muscle weakness in his hands. He told KHOU-TV: “I can hold a fork fine and dandy — but to cut it looks like I’m going to stab somebody.”
He very much appreciated Evoni’s help that morning, and it seems that thousands of others also appreciated her kind gesture too. Two days after Laura posted the picture up to Facebook, Texas Southern University approached her and awarded her a $16,000 scholarship!
It’s incredibly heartwarming to see kind people being rewarded. Watch the video below for the rest of the story and to see what Evoni has to say about the unexpected attention.