The second annual Diaper Drive by Franciscan Health employees and partners collected 20,000 diapers, distributing them to local organizations and helping more than 1,000 families in Northwest Indiana. The donations were distributed prior to the Christmas holiday to Franciscan Health Crown Point and Hammond Prenatal Assistance Programs, Duneland Healthy Families, Mental Health America of Northwest Indiana, Nurse Family Partnership and the Women’s Care Center. Becky Tilton, community health improvement coordinator, said Franciscan’s prenatal assistance program made it a priority to do a drive like this. Diaper insecurity is an often overlooked factor that can lead to child abuse and neglect, which has increased in Lake County. “A lot of families were forcing their kids out of diapers sooner because they had another infant that they needed to pay for diapers,” she said. Anyone who would like to make a donation to the Diaper Drive can call the prenatal assistance number at (877) 773-6285.