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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Pillowcase Project helps kids prepare for emergencies

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  • HAWLEY - Following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, when college students used pillowcases to carry their belongings, the interactive “Pillowcase Project,” has evolved as a way to inform children about how to prepare and handle emergencies.   
        Last week, Gail Toscano, the preparedness and resiliency manager of emergency services from the American Red Cross, spoke with campers from the Wallenpaupack YMCA day camp about preparding for emergencies. One part of the meeting, was discussing how pillowcases can be used to quickly pack important items if there was a need to flee.
        A nationwide pilot program that is sponsored by Disney, children participate in a one-hour class that is taught by Red Cross volunteers. Following the lesson, children take a brief quiz about what they learned and then decorate their pillowcases. Aside from the pillowcase, the children also receive a workbook and certificate of completion.
        The YMCA campers had many questions and stories to share with Toscano, when they discussed handling various situations.

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