Stewart’s awards Red Cross grant for Children Alone Preparedness


The American Red Cross Northeastern New York Region (ARCNENY) has received notification of a $17,000 grant award from Stewart's Shops which will support a new program called Children Alone Preparedness Education (CAPE).

“We’re really excited to be able to develop and share this new preparedness education program to middle school-aged children throughout the Northeastern New York Region with the support of Stewart’s Shops,” said Julie Parlato, Regional Preparedness Associate for ARCNENY. “It’s important at any age, to have the resources and skills to ensure one’s safety and well-being; and CAPE teaches kids how to best handle themselves during times when they may be unsupervised.”

Stewart’s Shops have been a continuous supporter of the Northeastern New York Red Cross for nearly 20 years, and have been a strong advocate for sustaining and promoting programs and courses which teach life-saving skills to youth, such as the Babysitter’s Training Course.

“Stewart's donation is comprised of our customers' generosity and Stewart's match,” said Susan Dake, Stewart’s Foundation President. “The safety of children is a goal everyone can embrace. We are happy to support the Red Cross in this program.”

ARCNENY developed CAPE as a two-hour training program for children aged 8-11. This program will provide important preparedness training specifically for children when they are home alone after school - without adult supervision. This targeted program would address a gap between traditional Red Cross Programs for the public and babysitting skills training the Red Cross currently provides.

About Stewart’s Shops:

Founded in 1945, Stewart’s Shops is an employee and family-owned convenience store chain based in Saratoga Springs, NY. Stewart’s is known for offering milk, ice cream, coffee, food to go, gasoline, and other convenience items. Today there are 324 Stewart’s Shops located in over 30 counties across upstate New York and southern Vermont. Stewart's Shops.