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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana Donates 1,000 Pounds of Winter Clothing to Fort Belknap Indian Reservation

Dec. 30, 2014

Fort Belknap, MT — Winters along the Hi-Line can often rival the Arctic, with freezing winds, driving snow and sub-zero temperatures intensifying the struggle to stay warm. Thanks to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana (BCBSMT), children and families on the Fort Belknap Reservation will stand a better chance to stay warm.

On Tuesday, December 30, BCBSMT delivered more than 1,000 pounds of winter clothing to the Fort Belknap Reservation. Throughout December, BCBSMT employees collected cold-weather clothing, including coats, gloves, hats, boots and snow gear. The effort was championed by BCBSMT's Montana Native Americans in Progress (MTNAIP) work group.

"We are grateful that Blue Cross' Native American group chose our community for this year's donation," acknowledged Patricia Quisno, Fort Belknap Council member. "These gifts will go a long way to help some great people."

The MTNAIP is a BCBSMT employee volunteer group that focuses on health and wellness in Indian Country. The group recognizes that warm clothes can be a luxury for those in need — especially in rural Native American communities. This is the second year BCBSMT has held the clothing drive.

MTNAIP not only supports initiatives that promote health and wellness, but it also fosters an environment of inclusion and innovation within BCBSMT.

Last year, 750 pounds of clothing went to Fort Peck and another 750 pounds went to Rocky Boy. The clothing drive was such a success that BCBSMT is making the drive an annual event.

"I'm proud of our employees' generous, caring attitude, which isn't just seasonal," BCBSMT President Mike Frank said. "The clothing drive is one of many examples of our longstanding commitment to invest in communities across Montana."

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