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Waffle House Teen Helps Elderly Customer, Goes Viral

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By    |   Friday, 09 Mar 2018 01:44 PM

At a Galveston-area Waffle House, a teen employee's effort to help an elderly customer was captured with a photo and went viral on social media, leading to a few surprises for the young worker, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Evoni Williams, 18, an employee at the Waffle House in LaMarque, Texas, was on duty behind the counter when she noticed an elderly man struggling to cut his food, the newspaper said. After asking if he needed any assistance, the teenager jumped in and helped him cut his ham, per the Chronicle.

Laura Wolf, another Waffle House customer, noticed the act of kindness and took a picture, later posting it on Facebook.

"I don't know her name but I heard this elderly man tell her his hands don't work too good," Wolf wrote on Facebook March 3. "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."

Williams told the Chronicle that she was unaware that Wolf took the picture and posted it on Facebook until several hours later when others saw it trending on social media. The photo was shared more than 35,000 times on Facebook and received more than 55,000 votes on Reddit, per the newspaper.

"When I saw it, it's just something I would do for anybody," Williams, who recently graduated from Texas City High School, told the newspaper Wednesday.

The trending photo caught the attention of her hometown officials, with LaMarque Mayor Bobby Hocking recognizing her with a proclamation on Thursday, the Chronicle said.

"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 told the newspaper. "La Marque Mayor Bobby Hocking is passionate about our community's youth and wants to encourage her dreams of attending college."

Houston's Texas Southern University also surprised Williams Thursday, offering her a $16,000 scholarship, $4,000 over four semesters, according to KTRK-TV. The teen worker said she took the Waffle House job to save up for college, per the television station.

Williams said was taken aback by the outpouring, KTRK-TV said.

"It just came from the heart," the teen told the television station.

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