These days, the world can feel like it’s in one never-ending downward spiral. But in the midst of all the chaos, it’s nice to read about random acts of kindness. One such good deed happened yesterday, March 8th, when a Waffle House employee in LaMarque, Texas helped an elderly customer cut his food — and this viral tale is restoring our faith in humanity.
The moment was shared in a Facebook post by Waffle House customer Laura Wolf. Wolf explained that a man, who was sitting at the restaurant’s counter, was on oxygen and told the Waffle House employee that his hands didn’t work very well. Without hesitation, the employee, Evoni Williams, took the man’s plate and cut his ham for him. Wolf wrote that she was touched by Williams’ kindness.
Wolf’s post soon went viral, with more than 99,000 likes and 47,000 shares. Williams, who graduated from high school in May and has been working at the Waffle House since July to save money for college, told the Houston Chronicle that she was surprised to see the photo had spread around so much.
According to local NBC affiliate KSDK, the city of LaMarque, Texas caught wind of the post and honored the 18-year-old on March 8th, even designating a day after her. Texas Southern University also awarded a $16,000 scholarship to Williams, putting her one step closer to her goal of studying business management.
In such a divided society, it makes us happy to see people engaging in random acts of kindness. We admire Williams for stepping up to help others, and we congratulate her on her well-deserved scholarship!