Laura Reed works for Mercury Pharmacy Services, a medication packaging and delivery company in Mountlake Terrace where Jackson was employed prior to his death. “He worked with me and made a huge impact on everyone at work,” Reed said.
After just two days of sales, 86 of the $20 shirts have been sold on booster.com, a fundraising website; more than $1,300 had been raised as of April 4.
The shirts are printed with the image of a saxophone on the back with the words, “In Loving Memory of Forest Jackson May 3, 1993 to March 29, 2014.” Jackson played saxophone while a student at Mountlake Terrace High School from 2007 to 2011.The front of the shirt is emblazed with a triangle design, symbolizing a Triforce from one of Jackson’s favorite video games, The Legend of Zelda, Reed explained.
Reed got inspiration for the T-shirt fundraiser from the March 22 mudslide in north Snohomish County. “I got the idea because there was a similar fundraiser for the Oso landslide, and I thought that since Forest was so young it would be a great way for his friends and family to have something to remember him by, and also help his family out,” she said.
You can view and purchase a T-shirt in honor of Jackson here.
A public memorial for Jackson is scheduled for Monday, April 7, 11 a.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Parish, 814 N.E. 85th St., in Seattle.