Waffle House Employee Offered College Scholarship After Her Heartwarming Gesture Went Viral

"It’s something I would do any other day."

What started as a sweet gesture between a Waffle House employee and a regular customer has led to a life-changing one that included an outpouring of community support and a surprise scholarship.  Evoni Williams works at the chain restaurant's location in La Marque, Texas as a way of saving money for college. It was during a shift this week that a photo was snapped of Williams cutting an elderly customer's food for him that has since gone viral.

Adrien Charpentier told ABC affiliate KVUE that he asked Williams for help last week at the Waffle House because, at 78, his hands "are not functioning too well."

"My hands are not up to par," he said. "If I want to cut my meat, I look like I'm stabbing it." Williams didn't hesitate to help him. 

Another patron, Laura Wolf witnessed the moment and took a photo of the heartwarming moment between the two. 

"This may seem small but to him, I'm sure it was huge," Wolf wrote on the initial Facebook post. "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. If we could all be like this waitress & take time to offer a helping hand."

Not only were others as impressed with Williams as Wolf was, they wanted to help out the 18-year-old waitress. In a ceremony held Thursday, as Williams fought back tears, the mayor of La Marque named March 8, 2018 Evonni "Nini" Williams Day. Additionally, representatives from Texas Southern University presented Williams with a $16,000 scholarship to the college. 

Still Williams, who hopes to study business, maintains her actions weren't anything that merit such recognition. 

"It's something I would do any other day," Williams said.


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