By Andrea Leonhardt

May 18, 2017, 4:55 pm

 
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On Sunday, May 21, at Marine Park, Flatbush Doulas will host Brooklyn’s first “No Child Wet Behind Diaper Drive and 5K” . The 5K walkathon, under the umbrella of the national nonprofit organization No Child Wet Behind, seeks to raise awareness about the many babies in need of clean, dry diapers throughout the NYC area.

Yael B. Yisrael, owner of Flatbush Doulas and organizer of the event, said, “People aren’t always aware, but disposable diapers are a costly commodity. You may have two people, both working full-time, and they still can’t keep up with the cost of diapers. Meanwhile we judge them for not changing their babies’ diapers.”

One in three mothers in the U.S. struggles to provide her baby with clean diapers. Public resources such as food assistance programs do not cover diaper purchases. The more cost-efficient, reusable cloth diapers are not a viable option for many parents, as daycare facilities often do not allow them.

Additionally, families who do not own their own laundry machine face the obstacle on how to clean the cloth diapers, since most laundromats do not permit them to be washed in their machines.

“The need for diapers is a national problem that is not being addressed. There are coat drives, food drives, but diapers are not thought of,” said Yisrael. “The walkathon and diaper drive is our way of giving back as Flatbush Doulas, something we like to do to improve the lives of Brooklyn families.”

The event will begin at 1:00 p.m. with a 1K Fun Run for children, followed by the 5K walkathon at 2:00 p.m.. The proceeds will benefit the Prospect Family Support Center which services families in all five boroughs of NYC and provides emergency care to families in crisis.

Donations can be made through online registries at Amazon and Target, or can be brought to the walk on the day of the event.

For more information or to register, click here. Coupon codes to save on registrations are available.

‘No Child Wet Behind’ 5K and Diaper Drive
WHEN: Sunday, May 21, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00.pm.
LOCATION: Marine Park, Brooklyn

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Andrea is the managing editor of the Brooklyn Reader. She holds a master's degree in International Relations and furthered her education with graduate studies in Journalism prior to joining the BK Reader. A proud cat lady of one, Andrea seeks to fight the good fight with a pen and a piece of paper, with the humble hope to add something to the places she goes and the people she encounters - all around central Brooklyn and beyond.

Andrea is the managing editor of the Brooklyn Reader. She holds a master's degree in International Relations and furthered her education with graduate studies in Journalism prior to joining the BK Reader. A proud cat lady of one, Andrea seeks to fight the good fight with a pen and a piece of paper, with the humble hope to add something to the places she goes and the people she encounters - all around central Brooklyn and beyond.

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