Making a Difference: Franciscan Health’s third annual Diaper Drive distributes 30,000 diapers • Northwest Indiana Business Magazine
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Making a Difference: Franciscan Health’s third annual Diaper Drive distributes 30,000 diapers

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Staff from the Franciscan Health prepare a load of diapers for delivery at the Franciscan Physician Network Women's Specialty Center in Hammond. (Photo provided by Franciscan Health)

Franciscan Health’s third annual Diaper Drive distributed 30,000 diapers to families in Northwest Indiana and Chicago’s south suburbs.

The drive is an annual tradition during Diaper Insecurity Month, which is in October, with the goal of ensuring families receive the diapers they need prior to the holidays.

A total of 17,167 diapers were collected among every Northern Indiana and Illinois Franciscan Health hospital campus and community partner, Goodwill Industries – Nurse Family Partnership. Drop-off sites were also spread throughout Franciscan’s Physician Network offices and fitness centers within the Region.

Monetary donations also paid for additional diapers to reach 30,000.

“While no number of donations can be anticipated, the comradery and compassion the Diaper Drive generates every year truly amazes me,” said Danielle Crowder, community health improvement manager for Franciscan Health’s Northern Division. “In expanding our drive year after year, we expand awareness surrounding diaper insecurity and child abuse and neglect. Above all, families in need of supportive resources have multiple organizations to turn to.”

All proceeds from the drive were delivered to the following organizations prior to Thanksgiving Day:

  • Franciscan Health Prenatal Assistance Programs
  • Nurse Family Partnership
  • Mental Health America of Northwest Indiana
  • Women's Care Center (Hammond, Merrillville, Michigan City)
  • Duneland Healthy Families
  • Salvation Army (Michigan City)
  • Respond Now
  • Aid for Women


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