Pillowcase Project

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The Pillowcase Project Teaches Children to Prepare for Emergencies

The American Red Cross Gold Country Region is preparing students to be ready for anything.

Thanks to a grant from The Walt Disney Company, the Red Cross is now taking The Pillowcase Project to children throughout the 24-county Gold Country Region.

The Pillowcase Project teaches children coping skills to help them deal with an emergency situation and also offers tips and tools to help them prepare for emergencies.

Learn, Practice and Share

Using three steps - Learn, Practice and Share - children in grades 3 through 5 (ages 8 to 11) learn how to stay safe in an emergency and are empowered to take action by practicing preparedness. They’re encouraged to share what they’ve learned with family and friends, knowing that their information can help create a better-prepared community.

The Pillowcase Project is taught by trained Red Cross volunteers in a 45 or 60-minute session during classroom sessions, after-school programs, at summer camp, religious meetings and more. In our region, volunteers aim to train more than 2,500 students by April of 2015, and many more beyond that.

Children participating in the project each receive a preparedness toolkit, which includes a ‘My Preparedness Workbook’ and personalized pillowcase with suggested items to include in case of emergency. They also receive a pledge certificate.

Training sessions are ongoing. For additional information and/or to schedule an event, contact Bob Thornton at 916-993-7085 or bob.thornton@redcross.org.