Sacramento, CA (August 19, 2015) — 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.
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.
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.”
For more information on the Pillowcase Project, visit: http://rdcrss.org/1UTsQOa