There are acts of kindness happening everywhere, but they aren’t always witnessed and shared.
What is better than witnessing an act of kindness? Sharing it. What is better still? Seeing the person acknowledged for her kindness.
This story started when Laura Wolf saw a waitress in a La Marque, Texas Waffle House cutting up food for an older customer who was having trouble.
Wolf posted the photo on Facebook, where it went viral, with over 100,000 reactions and 50,000 shares as of the time of this publication.
In the Facebook post, Wolf said: “I don’t know her name but I heard this elderly man tell her his hands don’t work too good. He was also on oxygen and struggling to breathe. Without hesitation, she took his plate and began cutting up his ham.
“This may seem small but to him, I’m sure it was huge. 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 and take time to offer a helping hand.”
La Marque city officials saw the post and decided the waitress needed to know how much her kindness mattered.
“City of La Marque is proud to have this thoughtful young woman working in our city and we’d like to acknowledge and honor her,” city spokeswoman Colleen Merritt said in a statement. “La Marque Mayor Bobby Hocking is passionate about our community’s youth and wants to encourage her dreams of attending college.”
To honor Evoni Williams, the 18-year-old waitress who went out of her way to help that ailing customer, the LaMarque City Council proclaimed March 8, 2018, Evoni “Nini” Williams Day, Click2Houston reported.
LaMarque Mayor Bobby Hocking visited Ms. Williams at the Waffle House where she works to read the proclamation to her.
Williams is working at the Waffle House to save money for college. She had planned to go to Texas Southern University.
Those plans seem sure to be realized now that Texas Southern University has given Williams a $16,000 scholarship for her kindness.
A university representative told Click2Houston, “Your act of kindness is exactly the kind of student we want at Texas Southern University.”
Evoni Williams started crying when a university representative gave her the check.
She said that what she did was nothing special.
“That’s just me,” Williams told Click2Houston. “It came from the heart. I would do it any other time, not just this time.”