NORTHWEST INDIANA and SOUTH SUBURBAN CHICAGO - Franciscan Health's third annual Diaper Drive had distributed 30,000 diapers to help meet the needs of families in Northwest Indiana and the South Suburbs of Chicago. The effort has become a tradition during Diaper Insecurity Month every October, with the goal of making sure that families receive this 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 Physician Network offices and fitness centers within the region. Multiple monetary donations allowed the purchase of additional diapers to reach the total.
"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."
While next year's Diaper Drive hasn't officially begun, anyone who would like to donate can call the prenatal assistance number at (877) 773-6285.
All proceeds from the drive were delivered to the following organizations prior to the Thanksgiving holiday:
- 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