Sometimes doing the right thing has its benefits. One teen waitress found this out after she was photographed helping an elderly man cut up his food at a Waffle House. The kind gesture soon went viral amassing thousands of likes and shares. Her gesture was soon repaid tenfold after a local university noticed it.
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Evoni Williams was just doing her job when she was photographed helping a 78-year-old man cut up his food. “He was like, ‘My hands are not functioning too well.’ He needed me to cut his food. And I did,” the 18-year-old recent high school graduate said.
According to ABC13, the elderly customer had recently had surgery on his hands. He also happened to be a regular at the restaurant.
Laura Wolf, one of the customers sitting nearby in the Texas Waffle House, took the picture that soon went viral. “It was so busy in here, and she actually took the time to stop and hear what he had to say instead of walking past him. That just meant something to me,” Wolf explained.
After getting mass recognition and kind wishes, one university also noticed the gesture. Instead of liking the post and simply congratulating her on a good deed, they decided to donate a scholarship.
Williams, who was saving up to go to college, received a $16,000 scholarship from Texas Southern University. $4,000 will be used for four semesters there.
According to USA Today, Williams has already met with a school adviser and plans to study business management. Her kind gesture continued to pay off when the city of La Marque, the town she lives in, awarded her her own day.
Even after all the publicity and congratulations, Williams still doesn’t think she did anything special. “It just came from the heart,” the modest teen said. “It’s something I would do any other day.”