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American Red Cross World’s Largest Pillowcase Project

Red Cross - Sierra-Delta - Pillowcase Project
More than 3600 students in the Gold Country Region are better prepared thanks to the Pillowcase Project

Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, affecting millions of people. Many children were traumatized by their memories of the storm’s fury so the American Red Cross developed a program using something as simple as a pillowcase to help these children feel safer and more prepared for a disaster.

Children learn how to create their own emergency supply kit by packing essential items in a pillowcase which is 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.

Today, the Red Cross Pillowcase Project is available free to teach young children about natural hazards and how they can prepare for disasters.

To commemorate the ten-year anniversary of Katrina, participating Red Cross chapters across the country will hold the World’s Largest Pillowcase Project events to reinforce the importance of disaster preparedness planning and to highlight a positive outcome of Hurricane Katrina.

WHO: American Red Cross Gold Country Region

WHAT: 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina – World’s Largest Pillowcase Project

WHERE: Prairie Elementary School

5251 Valley Hi Dr., Sacramento, CA 95823

WHEN: Monday, August 24, 2015 - 8:30am – 11:30am

(There will be three presentations during this time. Each workshop is one hour.)

VISUALS: Red Cross Pillowcase Project Presenters teaching students about personal and family preparedness, local hazards, and basic coping skills with Disney materials.

  • Happy students sharing their experience
  • Educators sharing their experience
  • My preparedness workbooks
  • “In the last ten years, the Pillowcase Project has helped countless children better plan for their future,” said Lilly Wyatt, American Red Cross Gold Country Region Communications Director “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, locally we have been to dozens of schools and educated more than 3600 children.”

    Through the Pillowcase Project, children in grades three through five learn 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.

    For more information on the Pillowcase Project, visit:

    About the American Red Cross Gold Country Region

    Founded in 1898, the Gold Country Region of the American Red Cross serves 4.4 million people in Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne, Yolo, and Yuba counties. The Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.

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