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Collecting “Comfy Cozies”

Jan 30, 2017 08:18AM ● By Elena Hutslar

Jackson (left) with twin brother Duncan (middle) surrounded by the Martinez Police Department.

A Generous Birthday Wish 

Members of the Martinez Police Department and Martinez Police Officers Association are excited to partner with Jackson Murtha, an enterprising 8-year-old boy. Jackson’s wish for his 9th birthday on March 19 is to provide big, soft and warm blankets (he calls them “comfy cozies”) to children in hospitals who are fighting debilitating illnesses. He reminds us that these children often do not have their favorite blankets from home to make them feel safe and snuggly.

Jackson is collecting blankets to be delivered to local hospitals and specialized hospitals such as Children’s Hospital, St. Jude’s Hospital and Shriner’s Hospital by March 31. The Martinez Police Department is a safe drop site for blankets and other donations that make children feel a little more special and a little more loved when they face painful treatments.

Shaunna Murtha, Jackson’s mother, told the Focus, “Jackson spent time off and on in Children's Hospital Oakland. He had surgery at birth and has always given back to children in some way (e.g. giving his allowance to foster youth and shaving his head last year for Children's Cancer research, when he raised $1000 for St. Baldricks). His giving nature is part of who he is. This year he decided it was important for kids and youth in hospitals to have a Comfy Cozy. When Jackson spent time in the hospital it was important to have his blanket with him.”

When asked why Jackson chose to enlist the Martinez Police Department for help, Shaunna replied, “He asked the Martinez Police Department to help because he believes they are heroes and ‘Heroes help people.’ MPD has been so wonderfully gracious to Jackson and agreed to be a drop stop. Jackson also asked UFC-Concord, and they agreed as well.”

Jackson believes anything is possible. Let’s show him just how giving our community can be. You may drop off blankets, reading books, coloring books and crayons, stuffed animals, or anything you believe will brighten a child’s day. The police department doors are open 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday. If you should arrive after hours, you may pick up the phone to the right of the lobby doors, and an officer or other MPD employee will gratefully accept your donation. If you wish to make a cash donation, Jackson and his family will be happy to purchase blankets and books. Please make any checks payable to “Shaunna Murtha,” and you can drop those off at the Martinez Police Department.


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