One Texas Waffle House employee had no idea her act of kindness would go viral and lead to a life changing surprise.

Waitress Evoni Williams, 18, was serving a regular elderly customer at a La Marque, Texas Waffle House, when he admitted to having trouble cutting his food.

As ABC 13  reports, Williams said this was the elderly man’s first time back at the diner after a trip to the hospital.

The customer, 78-year-old Adrien Charpentier, told KVUE:

“My hands are not up to par. If I want to cut my meat, I look like I’m stabbing it.”

Williams said:

“He was like, ‘My hands are not functioning too well.’ He needed me to cut his food. And I did.”

The waitress had no idea that another customer, Laura Wolf, saw her kind gesture and would later post a photo of the act on Facebook.

Wolf said:

“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.”

The special moment was shared on social media and captured the attention of thousands of people.

The City of La Marque honored Williams for her act of kindness by giving her a special reward.


She was presented with a $16,000 scholarship donated by Texas Southern University.

Evoni Williams was overwhelmed by the gift— she has been saving her Waffle House tips to pay for college.

Williams said she was surprised by the attention because what she did was “nothing special.”

She told KVUE:

“It’s something I would do any other day.”

Thousands on Facebook were touched by William’s benevolence and took to social media praise her.

Commenters wrote:

KVUE reports that Williams is enrolling at Texas Southern University. She wants to study business management.

About the author

Tiffani is a writer for Dearly. She is from New York City. Prior to working for Dearly she covered fashion news and managed social media for various digital media outlets.

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