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 2:00pm. 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.
For more information or to register, click here. Coupon codes to save on registrations are available.