One Warm Coat drive in Montana

First Lady and First Interstate Bank Kick-off One Warm Coat drive in Montana

Campaign Encourages Montanans to Help Keep Neighbors Warm this Winter

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

HELENA—First Lady Nancy Schweitzer today joined First Interstate Bank and One Warm Coat® to kick-off a coat drive across Montana. The First Lady's participation is part of the Governor’s Office of Community Service Winter Ready Montana initiative ( that highlights winter ready tips and resources and encourages Montanans to help others this winter season.

“As Montanans are getting winter ready, it’s important to help make sure your neighbors and those in need are ready too,” said First Lady Nancy Schweitzer. “I encourage all Montanans to join me in giving a coat to help keep someone warm this winter.”

Montanans are invited to donate clean, gently used coats at drop-off locations across the state. Collection boxes are set up in the Capitol Rotunda and at First Interstate Bank branches in 19 cities and towns. For more information on collection box locations, visit the website: The coat drive will run through October 26th and donated coats will be given to local organizations for distribution such as the Salvation Army, St. Vincent DePaul, and Montana Rescue Mission.

“No one should have to go without such a basic necessity as a winter coat,” said Kelly Bruggeman, First Interstate Foundation Executive Director. “This is a great opportunity for First Interstate Bank and all Montanans to demonstrate their generosity of spirit by passing along coats that are no longer needed.

One Warm Coat ( is a national non-profit organization that supports and encourages coat drives. It helps individuals, groups, companies and organizations across the country collect coats and deliver them to local agencies that distribute the coats free to people in need.

First Interstate Bank ( is a community banking organization, operating 71 offices throughout Montana, Wyoming, and western South Dakota.

The Governor’s Office of Community Service ( expands and promotes national service and volunteerism in Montana and engages citizens in service and emergency preparedness.


CONTACT: Sarah Elliott 406-444-9725 or Jayson O’Neill 406-444-9844

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