2018 Rogers Scholar Andrew Melton

2018 Rogers Scholar Andrew Melton of Campbellsville is bringing comfort and support to pediatric patients at Taylor Regional Hospital.

Melton, a graduate of The Center for Rural Development’s Rogers Scholars program, decided to organize a hospital donation drive for his community service project.

“Although I never had any serious health problems when I was younger, I’m aware that there are many kids who are not as fortunate,” said Melton, a senior at Taylor County High School. “I watched my younger sister struggle with a chronic health issue and undergo surgery. I realized hospitals can be a very scary place for children. I am happy to be able to help donate these items to give kids comfort during an extremely difficult time.”

In cooperation with Tateville Baptist Church, Melton donated 44 stuffed animals, 28 activity books, six child-sized pillows, and three blankets to the Taylor Regional Hospital Pediatric Surgical Unit.

“We at Taylor Regional Hospital are so appreciative of Andrew’s generous donation to our pediatric surgical patients,” said Ann Dabney, Director of Public Relations and Physician Recruitment at Taylor Regional Hospital. “We understand that surgery of any kind can be frightening to our young patients and gifts such as these will serve as a great source of comfort for them. We cannot say thank you enough to Andrew for his hard work and dedication in making such a positive impact on our patients.”

“I am extremely grateful to be able to help young children in a difficult time,” Melton said. “I will continue to donate to Taylor Regional Hospital in the future, because of the impact it makes on the lives of the patients.”

Melton is the son of April and David Melton of Campbellsville.