Northeast Ohio rolls out the Disney Pillowcase Project

The Pillowcase Project, presented by the Red Cross and the Walt Disney Company, teaches students grades 3-5 about emergency preparedness.

The Pillowcase Project, presented by the Red Cross and the Walt Disney Company, teaches students grades 3-5 about emergency preparedness.

Thanks to a grant from the Walt Disney Company, the Red Cross of Northeast Ohio is now able to present The Pillowcase Project. The program provides disaster preparation education for third through fifth grade students. Kids learn how to create a disaster kit by packing essential items into a pillowcase for easy transport in times of emergency.

The project grew from stories of Loyola University students who packed their emergency belongings in a pillowcase during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The New Orleans chapter first developed the program and it has grown to include more than 59 Red Cross Regions.

In addition to preparing an emergency pillowcase kit, students will learn about geographic-specific hazards and practice resilience-coping skills. The program ties in to educational standards. During the class, kids will receive and color their own Disney pillowcase.

We are currently training presenters. If you are a registered volunteer (who has taken the Disaster Services Overview course) and are interested in being a presenter, please call John Gareis at 216-431-3219 or email John.Gareis@redcross.org.

Not a volunteer…yet? Get started today at redcross.org/volunteer.

Interested in hosting a presenter in your class or scout meeting? Call John Gareis at 216-431-3219 or email John.Gareis@redcross.org.

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