Pillowcase Project

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About the Program

As we all know, disasters can strike quickly and without warning. While these events can be frightening for adults, they can be traumatic for children, particularly if they don’t know what to do. In the emergency shelters opened in days and weeks following Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma, volunteer Red Cross shelter workers began to notice a pattern. Many children entered the shelters carrying pillowcases containing their cherished and basic possessions: a stuffed animal, a special blanket, a favorite book, and, in many cases, not much more. In that chaotic and traumatic situation, an idea was born that has since become known as The Pillowcase Project.

LG&E Pillowcase Project

The Pillowcase Project, presented by the American Red Cross and sponsored by LG&E, is designed to be an age appropriate and engaging way to educate children in grades 2 – 3 about the importance of disaster preparedness in a fun and constructive way. Following presentations each student receives a pillowcase, mini first aid kit, glow stick, activity book and crayons to start their own personalized disaster kit and preparedness plan.

Disney Pillowcase Project

The Disney Pillowcase Project is a preparedness education program for children in grades 3 – 5, which teaches students about personal and family preparedness, local hazards, and basic coping skills. Generally given as a 60 minute presentation by Red Cross volunteers, the program leads students through a “learn, practice, share” framework to engage them in disaster preparedness. Students receive a sturdy pillowcase upon completion of the program in which they are encouraged to build their personal emergency supplies kit. Presentations are customized to focus on a hazard that is important and relevant to the local community.

Schedule a Presentation

Both the LG&E and Disney pillowcase programs are free and offered in many communities across Kentucky and Southern Indiana. To see if the Pillowcase Project is offered in your area, please contact your local Red Cross chapter.