It’s often said that the youth of today have no respect for their elders. In certain instances, that’s perfectly true; young people should show more appreciation for those who helped build our country as we know it today. However, it’s not always the case. There are plenty of actions performed each day by young people that deserve to be raised into the spotlight.

This is one such story. It’s my hope that we can help it to spread, and that as a result it cause ripples on the pond that go on to affect a large number of people. The young waitress, Evona, stood behind a counter and worked her usual shift at the fast food restaurant. It was there that she noticed an elderly man requiring the support of an oxygen tank. He was struggling to cut his food apart. The old man’s hands didn’t work as well as they once had, so Evona reached out to him in a bid to help.

“Without hesitation, she took his plate and began cutting up his ham,” wrote patron Laura. She was so touched by the action, that she uploaded a picture of it to Facebook. “This may seem small, but to him, I’m sure it was huge,” she continued. “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.” Almost a week later, this act of simple kindness has been shared more than 40,000 times on Facebook, according to US news sites.

Furthermore, the picture soon reached the TS University School, who have apparently offered Evona a scholarship worth $16,000. It was a life-changing gift for her, who graduated from high school in May and has been working at the fast food restaurant since then to save money for university. The girl herself said that she was honoured by the praise and appreciation, but that she didn’t see her actions as being anything out of the ordinary.  According to the 18-year-old herself, it was obvious that she should be helping the old man. “When I saw it, it’s just something I would do for anybody.”