Have a Passion for Disaster Preparedness and Like to Talk to Kids? Check Out the Pillowcase Project

The American Red Cross Pillowcase Project is a free, interactive preparedness program designed for youth ages 8 to 11. The program aims to increase awareness and understanding of natural hazards and teaches safety, emotional coping skills, and personal preparedness.

Through instructor-led presentations, students learn the best ways to stay safe and how to create their own emergency supply kits by packing essential items in a pillowcase for easy transport during a disaster. Students also have the opportunity to decorate and personalize their pillowcases and share what they’ve learned with friends and family.

The curriculum meets many of the Common Core State Standards for grades three to five.

You may request The Pillowcase Project one-hour presentation for your school or youth program by selecting The Pillowcase Project here.

The Gold Country Region is also always looking for volunteers to lead Pillowcase Project presentations. Go to redcross.org to sign up and help!


Sound the Alarm: Thank You to Our Partners

Hundreds of volunteers and community partners will join the American Red Cross this month for our annual signature event – Sound the Alarm – to install 1,000 free smoke alarms in seven cities throughout the Gold Country Region.

Our goal is to reduce the number of deaths and injuries associated with home fires by 25% by 2020. It’s an endeavor we could not undertake without the generous support of community partners.

Thank you!


Meet Blood Services Volunteer Dianna Dunn

Born and raised in Sunnyvale, Dianna became a Red Cross volunteer in high school and loved working the first aid station at the Santa Clara county fair. “I learn so much and am blessed every time I am serving others,” she says.D Dunn

Dianna has lived in Escalon (San Joaquin County) for 7 years. She volunteers at 5 to 6 mobiles per month. “During the blood drives, I have a chance to meet wonderful people and share my experiences with them and also, listen and learn about them,” says Dianna.

When not volunteering, Dianna tends a large vegetable garden and 18 chickens, and plays with 3 much-loved dogs. She enjoys knitting and crocheting and hanging out with her three granddaughters.

Irish Red Cross Volunteer Reflects on Her Time in the Gold Country Region


The American Red Cross Gold Country Region was fortunate last year to have met and provided training to Niveta Ramakrishnan, a third-year medical student and volunteer with the Irish Red Cross.


We were so impressed with her dedication to the Red Cross and her tenacity in learning all she could about what we do in the United States.

Read Niveta’s blog post about her time in Sacramento!


Yuba County Recognizes volunteers as Part of Red Cross Month

As part of Red Cross Month, the Yuba County Board of Supervisors today recognized local volunteers.

We are so proud of the many volunteers who help the Gold Country Region carry out the Red Cross mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.


Sound the Alarm Teams install 115 Units in Modesto and Stockton

American Red Cross Sound the Alarm volunteers installed 115 smoke alarms in Stockton and Modesto homes last Saturday. Two- and three-person teams were dispatched to two mobile home parks which had previously been canvassed for working smoke alarms. During a friendly competition, each team had installed 21 alarms and were ready to call it a day “when a resident flagged us down and asked for one more free install for the tie-breaker,” said STA Lead Jim Horning. Volunteers are still needed for the huge Sound the Alarm event on May 4. Call 1-800-REDCROSS or visit http://www.redcross.org/sound-the-alarm. STA team