Centier Bank donates $3,000 for essential items

Merrillville, Ind.-based Centier Bank donated $3,000 to the Franciscan Health Prenatal Assistance Program to support the diaper pantry at the Franciscan Physician Network St. Clare Health Center in Crown Point, Ind. 

(Pictured from left to right) Centier Bank Financial Education and Community Outreach Coordinator Lauren Zurbriggen, Special Events Coordinator Melissa Contrucci, Franciscan Health Foundation Executive Director Rick Peltier and Alexandra Grelecki, community health improvement coordinator-community paramedicine for Franciscan Health Crown Point. (Photo courtesy of Centier Bank)

The pantry provides free diapers, wipes, formula and other essential items for parents in financial need. The donation will support the partnership between Franciscan Health and the Diaper Bank to provide cost-effective diapers to those in need. According to the bank, nearly one-in-three families struggle to afford diapers. More than half of families with diaper insecurity say they have missed school or work, because they did not have diapers needed to send their children to childcare. 

 “It felt important to support the Prenatal Assistance Program, especially with inflation and the cost of raising a family,” said Centier Bank Special Events Coordinator Melissa Contrucci.“Centier is committed to supporting families in the communities we serve,” added Lauren Zurbriggen, philanthropic engagement manager. “This contribution supports our goal of enriching lives for a better tomorrow.”