Gov. Gianforte Launches 12 Days of Giving at Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting
HELENA, Mont. – Governor Greg Gianforte today launched the 12 Days of Giving after lighting the Christmas Tree in the Rotunda at the Montana State Capitol.
“Each holiday season, Montana communities are bound together by an important tradition: giving,” Gov. Gianforte said. “In that spirit, today we’re launching the 12 Days of Giving campaign to shine a light on organizations doing heroic work to serve Montanans in need.”
Governor and First Lady Gianforte kick off a One Warm Coat drive for the 1st Day of Giving.
Launching the campaign in front of the new Douglas-Fir Christmas Tree in the Rotunda, the governor established the State Capitol as a coat drive location for One Warm Coat. He and the First Lady donated the first coats of the drive.
“Together, we can make a difference and help ensure no Montanan goes cold this winter,” the governor continued.
One Warm Coat partners with three organizations in Montana to provide free coats to children and adults in need while promoting volunteerism and environmental sustainability. From now until December 15th, state employees can drop off new or gently used coats for the drive in a drop-box at the State Capitol.
Running through mid-December, the governor’s 12 Days of Giving will highlight the work of a dozen organizations serving Montanans in need.
This year’s Capitol Christmas Tree is a Douglas-Fir from a DNRC Trust Land timber sale called Echo Mountain near Ovando. The timber sale purchaser, J&E Contracting, worked hand-in-hand with DNRC and the Montana Logging Association to harvest and deliver the Douglas-Fir to the Capitol last week.