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Loading up at Marine Park diaper drive

Diaper drive!: Families donated Pampers for the Prospect Family Support Center during the No Child Wet Behind Family Fun Run on May 21.
Photo by Jon Farina

They were really pampered!

About 50 youngsters and their parents collected fresh diapers for less-fortunate families during a “No Child Wet Behind” Diaper Drive, 5K Walk, and 1K Family Fun Run in Marine Park on May 21, sponsored by the Flatbush Doulas — a group dedicated to assisting women during childbirth.

Parents came with their own diaper-wearing babies in tow, but brought some extra dry ones to donate — and for a mother, there’s no greater feeling than being able to help out families in need, said one volunteer with the Flatbush Doulas.

“I’m a mother and that’s just something that I can align with,” said Malika Cumbie, who lives in Crown Heights. “I had a home water birth and I just believe in supporting other mothers, anything that has to do with supporting mothers.”

Volunteers collected about 500 diapers that will be donated to the Prospect Family Support Center, an organization that cares for children when their parents are unable to. The drive was the first of its kind, but was a great success — and an excellent way to educate people about the organizations dedicated to supporting women and families, said the owner of the Flatbush Doulas.

“We were grateful, we thought it turned out really well,” said Yael B. Yisrael. “We got to speak to a lot of people who stopped by.”

Kids also got to let out some energy during the run around the park, and get their faces painted, which they loved — and it was all for a good cause, said Brownsville resident Niemah Lasco.

“The kids had fun — got their face painted, and had little activities for them to do, bubbles, ring toss,” she said. “It felt good.”

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
A walk around the park: Dorothy Jones and Niemah Lasco enjoyed the fun run.
Photo by Jon Farina

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