Pillowcase Project

  • Red Cross Boston Pillowcase Project

The Pillowcase Project Teaches Children to Prepare for Emergencies

The American Red Cross of Massachusetts 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 Western and Central Massachusetts.

Implemented in 2005, the project teaches children how to prepare for emergencies and coping skills based on 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. The Red Cross has already trained more than 100 children, and is on track to train 400 more next month. have 400 more scheduled.

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. To schedule an event, call Ellen Rossano: (857) 500-3095 - ellen.rossano@redcross.org.