The Little Apple Diaper Drive was founded by KayLee Proctor, owner of Little Apple Doulas, in 2016 when she found out that diaper need was not something addressed by government programs for low income families. After learning about the negative effects lack of clean diapers can have on babies and families, Little Apple Doulas reached out to the community to raise awareness and collect diapers for several local recipients.
Each spring, Little Apple Doulas sets out to collect 10,000 diapers to benefit a variety of Manhattan organizations that help families during difficult times. Diapers are not an item that can be purchased under SNAP benefit programs so desperate families are often left to choose between buying enough diapers or buying enough food.
To make the diapers last until the next paycheck, babies are often left in soiled diapers for extended periods of time. This can lead to diaper rashes, sores, and infections which leads to fussy babies and high medical costs. When babies cry more they are at an increased risk for abuse like Shaken Baby Syndrome. Parents who cannot provide enough clean diapers for their babies cannot take their children to daycare centers when they need to work or attend class. This contributes to the ongoing cycle of poverty.
By giving caregivers access to clean diapers, we can help both parents and babies live happier and healthier lives. Mothers and fathers will be able to work or get an education to further their goals of being able to provide for their children independently.
Manhattan Emergency Shelter
Provides shelter and resources to displaced families
Catholic Charities of Manhattan
Provides education, counseling, and resources to families in need
Life Choice Ministries
Provides education and resources to families in need
Provides shelter and resources to survivors of domestic violence
In addition, Little Apple Doulas creates emergency diaper packs with a 1-2 day supply of diapers to hand out as needed. Several packs have been taken to WIC and the Flint Hills Breadbasket. In 2017, emergency diaper packs were sent to victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas.