Right time and place


He has been dubbed the “Red Cross Baby.” Dagoh Jackson Howell-Patron was born late in the evening on December, 9, weighing 7lbs. 4oz. and measuring 20.5 inches in length. The days surrounding his birth were anything but routine. His mother 20-year-old Jaci Howell, then nine months pregnant, put the blue clothes, toys and blankets she had been collecting in anticipation of his birth on top of her bed when the flooding started; it was the highest place she could find. Luckily, she was able to get out of the house by wading through water that quickly overtook her pregnant belly. She hoisted herself into a passing truck carrying other evacuees, grateful for the assistance from her neighbors but worried she was going to losing everything, including her unborn son. Concerned friends and family members cheered as the truck pulled into the Red Cross shelter parking lot, bringing the expectant mom to safety. Jaci was quickly provided with a warm place to stay for the four days leading up to his birth. A few days after being rescued and coincidently her due date, she visited the newly opened Red Cross assistance center in Chehalis, Wash., and with the help of its staff, she was able to put some of her worries away and focus on the miracle that was expected at anytime. Within hours of receiving help from the Red Cross for the second time that week, Jaci gave birth to her first son in a nearby hospital. One of the first phone calls she made after he was born was to her new Red Cross family to thank them for giving her a place for her and her son to go when they leave the hospital and start restoring what the flood took from them.


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