Melton receives Giraffe Hero award

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HONORING A HERO – From left, Israel Melton is honored by Raven Billingsby, who presented his “Giraffe Hero” award for sticking his neck out in service to others.

“Giraffe Hero” Israel Melton, of Camden, will be among those honored at the Third Annual Giraffe Awards Gala to be held in Jackson on Saturday, March 4. The Giraffe Award is given to those who take risks in caring for and healing others by sticking their necks out and going above and beyond the call of duty.

The Positive Living Group (PLG) along with the PLG Mental Health Advisory Board recently recognized Melton with this award. Melton works with Jacoa in Jackson. On behalf of the Advisory Board, Raven Billingsby presented the award to Melton. The award reads:

“People see you working way more than your 40 hours. We have seen you go above and beyond. We have seen the light that God has set in your life. Your morals, values, and standards are setting examples throughout Jackson, with the many organizations you help serve. We as the citizens of this community have been watching, listening, and observing you as a role model and a mentor. You are an agent of change and have not done these deeds for notoriety but as a vessel of hope and were led by God.”

Melton’s mother, retired Benton County teacher Donna Melton, said, ““Years ago Mary Lou Marks and I did a project with students that involved the Giraffe Awards. I never dreamed that we would actually know someone who would win this award. I am very proud of Israel!”

For more information about the Giraffe Awards Gala being held at 39 Murray Guard Drive in Jackson, call 731-736-4400.

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