They say a good deed is its own reward. But for one young waitress, an act of kindness didn’t go unnoticed—and her thoughtful deed was repaid in a major way.
Evoni Williams, an 18-year-old from Galveston, Texas, works behind the counter at the Waffle House La Marque, hoping to save up money for college.
But recently, a customer sat down and needed some extra special service: 78-year-old Adrien Charpentier, who was having trouble cutting up his ham.
“My hands are not up to par,” Charpentier told KHOU. “If I want to cut my meat, I look like I’m stabbing it.”
Charpentier had recently undergone surgery and was on oxygen and struggling to breathe. He explained his difficulties to Williams; even though the restaurant was busy, she took the time to listen to him.
And then she did something simple yet extraordinary that went above-and-beyond her usual waitressing duties:
She cut up his food for him.
“He needed me to cut his food,” Williams said. “And I did.”
While it didn’t seem like anything extraordinary to the waitress, it caught the attention of a customer named Laura Wolf … who snapped a photo of the inspiring scene.
She uploaded the photo to Facebook with the story … and it’s since gone viral with over 50,000 shares!
“This may seem small but to him, I’m sure it was huge,” Wolf wrote. “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 story was so popular that it got the attention of the city.
As word of Williams’ good deed spread, soon the Waffle House got another visitor: La Marque Mayor Bobby Hocking, and he had an incredible surprise for Williams, as KTRK reports.
Standing by the waitress at a press conference held in the restaurant, Hocking read a proclamation: that March 8 would be declared “Evoni Williams Day” in her honor.
But that wasn’t all.
Texas Southern University (TSU) also heard the story … and stepped in with their own surprise:
A $16,000 scholarship!
It was a life-changing moment for Williams, who had been saving her tip money to study business management. TSU decided that she’d be a perfect candidate and will set her up with an advisor whenever she decides to enroll.
Despite all the fanfare, Williams insists that she didn’t do anything extraordinary.
“It’s something I would do any other day,” she told KHOU.
Luckily, this time it was captured on camera. Sometimes, it’s the little things we do every day that deserve the greatest recognition. Williams isn’t in business school yet, but she already gets an A in customer service.