Life jacket, PFD collection goes on in Elijah Spratt's name

Elijah Spratt’s family remains firm on the trail of getting life jackets to put at public watering holes around Puget Sound.

Since the death of 10-year-old Elijah, who drowned June 30 at a river park in Arlington, Jacqueline “JJ” Edwards has fervently collected personal flotation devices, or PFDs. Her aim is to collect and distribute them at parks, such as Twin Rivers Park in Arlington and Deer Lake in Clinton.

She will be at the Whidbey Island Area Fair this week promoting water safety, collecting PFDs and handing out whistles that can be attached to them.

Edwards, who is Spratt’s father’s longtime partner, is also collecting cash donations she said will go toward renting a booth at the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe for more PFD collection and water safety promotion.

To date, Edwards said she has collected more than 650 PFDs.

An online fundraiser has drawn $595 in donations. Donations can be made online at

For more information, email Edwards at

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