Red Cross Welcomes Beautiful Baby Boy

By Courtney Wilson, Canadian Red Cross Public Affairs

Fleeing your home due to an impending disaster would be difficult for anyone, but for Yanci Flores and her family it was particularly scary, as she was almost 40 weeks pregnant.

Yanci, her husband, and their five children were forced to flee their home in Princeville, North Carolina after Hurricane Matthew hit the coast causing devastating flooding. That was over two weeks ago, and since then the family has been staying in a Red Cross supported shelter in Pitt County.

“The Red Cross workers have all been very good,” Yanci says of the shelter staff. “Especially Nolan.” Nolan is a Red Cross nurse that has been working in the shelter and caring for Yanci. He was able to track down a medical cot for her so that she would be more comfortable in the shelter until she gave birth.

Yesterday morning, Yanci and her husband welcomed Jacob, a beautiful and healthy baby boy, to the world. Both mom and baby are still in the hospital, and are doing very well. They are expected to be released on Saturday.

“Yanci’s biggest worry right now is where they will go once they are discharged from the hospital,” explains Rod Cook, a Red Cross leader who has been closely working with the Flores family.

Rod and his team put together a gift basket for Yanci and Jacob, with donations from the community including, diapers, baby wipes, nursing pads and other essentials. “We want to make sure they are as comfortable as they can be, and have everything they need,” says Rod.


When Rod delivers it to Yanci her face lights up and tears well up in her eyes. “Gracias,” she says to Rod. The gift basket was a sigh of relief for the new parents. With all of their preparation for Jacob’s arrival, they were worried about how they would get newborn essentials.

Red Cross is working with community partners to figure out a long-term solution for the family and their new bundle of joy.



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