WAYNESBORO, Pa. — For Melody Boone, the "angels on assignment" are the nicest people she’s never met.
A group of people has anonymously provided the Boone family with gifts, clothes, blankets and notes of encouragement as the family cares for an ailing little boy.
Holding her 20-month-old son, Melody Boone could hardly speak through tears of gratitude as she described the “angels on assignment.”
“There are no words ... how we can thank them,” she said.
The "angels," on their latest assignment, organized a fundraising concert Sunday at Five Forks Church north of Waynesboro. Turnout was less than what organizers wanted, but one "angel" said she is just happy to help.
Chambersburg, Pa., singer Mindy Hartman said someone from the group called her after hearing her perform. Hartman, who is blind, planned to perform several selections, including "In My Mother’s Womb."
"Anytime you have a chance to go out and do something like this, it’s a door that has been opened," Hartman said.
Melody Boone introduced her son, Kylar, to people at the concert. She said her husband, Rob, stayed at their Wayne Heights, Pa., home because he wasn’t feeling well that evening.
Because Melody Boone had pre-eclampsia during pregnancy, Kylar was delivered at 33 weeks. He spent 39 days in neonatal care and returned to the hospital in an unresponsive state just days after coming home.
"The next day, he ended up dying on us 13 times," Melody Boone said.
Doctors transferred Kylar to Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center after reviving him repeatedly. It was discovered the child was aspirating milk into his lungs.
Kylar’s diagnosis has changed several times in his short life, although his health issues are believed to be related to a chromosomal problem, Melody Boone said.
Kylar, who receives nutrients from a feeding tube, has suffered seizures. His mother said his brain is not growing, and he remains at the developmental level of an 8- to 9-month-old.
He returns to Hershey Medical Center Monday for an appointment.
Emotional support and gifts from the “angels on assignment” are appreciated, especially because money is tight and Rob Boone is unemployed, Melody Boone said.
The Boones' dog doesn’t bark when a package arrives on their doorstep from the "angels," so the family remains grateful to people they’ve never spotted.
"We honestly don’t know who these people are," Melody Boone said.
A trust fund is set up in Kylar Boone’s name at Patriot Federal Credit Union. Donations may be made at any branch.