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World’s Largest Pillowcase Project Occurs on Katrina Anniversary

Pillowcase Project
The Pillowcase Project helps children prepare for emergencies.

The American Red Cross and its chapters across the country will hold The World’s Largest Pillowcase Project on the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina to help children and their families learn how important it is to be prepared for emergencies.

The program originated in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina to help children who were traumatized by their memories of the storm’s fury. On this tenth anniversary of Katrina, Red Cross chapters all around the world will host local The Pillowcase Project presentations, creating The World’s Largest Pillowcase Project.

Across the United States, more than 20 Red Cross regions will hold more than 30 Pillowcase presentations, educating more than 900 children about preparedness.

In New Orleans, Red Cross volunteers will be hosting The Pillowcase Project workshops as part of the Health, Wellness and Opportunity Fairs at six designated service sites throughout the city that were hardest-hit by Katrina. The Red Cross is pleased to have over 50 New Orleans community partner organizations also joining in this effort by contributing their own decorated pillowcases for this day.

THE PILLOWCASE PROJECT In the last ten years, The Pillowcase Project has helped countless children better plan for their future. It all started with a pillowcase and an idea to help children in New Orleans and has spread to hundreds of communities across the country. Today the Red Cross has the free Pillowcase Project available to teach young children about natural hazards and how they can prepare for disasters.

Through The Pillowcase Project, children in grades three through five learn how to be safe if there is a fire in their home, how weather hazards occur, how to get ready for and to cope with emergencies. They also learn how to develop a way to contact household members in an emergency situation, how to develop fire escape plans and emergency contact cards and how important it is to share what they learn with members of their household so everyone can be prepared.

Children learn how to create their own emergency supply kit by packing essential items in a pillowcase, easy to carry in an emergency. They can decorate and personalize their pillowcase and each child receives a “My Preparedness Workbook” and a certificate of completion at the end of their training.

For more information on The Pillowcase Project, contact your local Red Cross Chapter.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.