Considering others first is not just a blessing for others but an outstanding virtue that we should all put into practice. It seems Waffle House tend to employ some pretty decent folk, because we’ve had quite a few stories emerge from these iconic Southern restaurants—and boy do we have a good Waffle House story here for you!
On March 4, Laura Wolf was eating breakfast at Waffle House in La Marque, Texas, when she came across the following scene, which she detailed on her Facebook page.
She saw an elderly gentleman who was on oxygen and struggling to breath, seated and ready to eat his meal. Wolf overheard him telling the Waffle House employee, later identified as Evoni Williams, that “his hands don’t work too good,” she wrote.
And this is where the story kicks off.
“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.”
If you think that Williams’s decision to help cut the elderly gentleman’s ham was no big deal, think again—this uplifting post received a whopping 147,000 reactions, and 73,000 shares. People love this kind of thing, and it’s what makes the world go round—kindness, and considering others.
But the viral picture of Williams, who goes by the nickname Nini, cutting the man’s ham didn’t just reach Wolf’s friends and family. The city of La Marque saw the picture too, and were so impressed that they proclaimed March 8, 2018, Evoni “Nini” Williams Day.
“That’s just me,” the 18-year-old said of her photo, which has been doing the rounds on the net, as reported by KPRC Click2Houston. “It came from the heart. I would do it any other time, not just this time.”
You may think we’re telling tales when we tell you what else happened, but Texas Southern University (TSU) happened to see Williams’s photo too, and awarded the young Waffle House employee a $16,000 scholarship upon learning that not only is she a kind soul, but that she’s been saving up her tips ever since graduating from high school so she can study Business Management in college.
“Your act of kindness is exactly the kind of student we want at Texas Southern University,” said a representative from the university.
It may seem simple to help the elderly man with his meal‚ but the heart behind this kind of act is gold. Williams probably didn’t realize at the time that her kind act was being closely observed, and it went a lot further than she’d ever imagine. It’s no wonder why people say doing kind to others is being kind to oneself.
“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,” added Wolf of her initial Facebook post. “If we could all be like this waitress & take time to offer a helping hand.”
Wolf met with Williams on her big day of receiving the scholarship and proclamation, and took a happy snap together.
It didn’t just make Wolf’s day, but would definitely have brightened up the elderly gentleman’s day, who was later identified as 78-year-old Adrien.
“I thanked her very much for it,” said Adrien, who’s become the talk of the town along with Williams.
It’s amazing how a little kindness can go such a long way.
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A story of kindness