The Pillowcase Project
September is National Preparedness Month and Red Cross chapters around the country are gearing up for different ways to promote preparedness. One of the American Red Cross’ Corporate Partners is Disney and this month they have dedicated their Friends for Change website to assist the goals of the American Red Cross.
One of the most popular campaigns for the Red Cross is the Pillowcase Project. So far this year more than 270,000 youth have been reached and through the partnership with Disney, thousands more will be reached before the year ends. The Pillowcase Project is a preparedness education program for children in grades 3-6, which teaches about personal and family preparedness, local hazards and basic coping skills. The idea behind the name “Pillowcase Project” is that students are given a pillowcase in which they are encouraged to build their own emergency supplies kit.
Disney even helped create the “Mickey and Friends Disaster Preparedness Activity Book” that provides another outlet for youth to get educated on how to be prepared and safe during a disaster.
Pillowcase Project presentations are given during the school day, at after school programs, or other organizations’ meetings and events. They are a fun and easy way for youth to get involved with preparedness education! Contact your local Red Cross chapter by following this link if you’re interested in volunteering.
Keep an eye out for Disney’s Pillowcase Project PSA, which will be running the entire month of September as we celebrate National Preparedness Month!