Photo of waitress helping older customer at Waffle House goes viral

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Her kind gesture went viral on social media, and on Thursday, it was returned with a big surprise for one Galveston teen caught in the act cutting up food for her customer at a Waffle House in La Marque.

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.

"My hands are not up to par".

The diner, Laura Wolf, went on to post the photo on Facebook, where it fetched thousands of likes and comments praising Williams's caring nature.

The photo was shared more than 35,000 times on Facebook and received more than 55,000 votes on Reddit, per the newspaper.

'I don't know her name but I heard this elderly man tell her his hands don't work too good.

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Wolf, who snapped the photo, said, "It's small to us, but huge to him". She added that the gentleman had required help because his hands were "not functioning too well".

"I was never raised to bash people", she said.

The City of La Marque honored Williams with her own day, and she received a $16,000 scholarship donated by Texas Southern University, KSDK reported. "When I saw it, it's just something I would do for anybody".

Texas Southern University says they have assigned a counselor to help Williams enroll at the university and start her degree plan.

"It's something I would do any other day", Williams said.

Williams, who wants to study business management, broke down in tears as she was given the money.