Waffle House waitress Evoni (Nini) Williams felt she was just doing her job when she went the extra mile for an elderly customer and cut up some food on his plate. But by lending a hand and brightening the man’s day, she unknowingly brightened her own future and has been rewarded with a $16,000 college scholarship. “That’s just me,” Williams said. “It came from the heart. I would do it any other time, not just this time.”
Nini was on a busy shift at the Waffle House in La Marque, Texas when Adrian Charpentier, 78, mentioned his hands were in pain and giving him trouble. Williams cut up some ham on his plate. Another customer, Laura Wolf, was touched by the gesture and took a photo of the moment. “If we could all be like this waitress & take time to offer a helping hand …” Wolf wrote in the caption. The photo went viral, with nearly 50,000 shares. Among those to notice were representatives from Texas Southern University, in Houston. On March 8, School officials gathered at the Waffle House to surprise Williams with a $16,000 check. The money can be used in $4,000 increments for each semester. Williams, who has been working at Waffle House to save up for college since she graduated high school, fought back tears as co-workers and superiors applauded. The city of La Marque also declared March 8 to be Evoni “Nini” Williams Day.
Photo Credit: Laura Wolf – Facebook screenshot