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Gianforte Announces Spirit of Montana Recipient: Gib Swan of Great Falls

September 28, 2018
Press Release

Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte recognized Gib Swan of Great Falls with his Spirit of Montana commendation for his kindness and generosity in giving of his time and talents to provide comfort to others.

For more than a decade, Swan, 85, has knitted over 1,000 stocking caps, giving them to cancer patients, children, the less fortunate, and others in his community.

Gianforte’s Spirit of Montana is a weekly recognition of Montanans for their accomplishments, dedication, or service. Gianforte highlights the recipient in the U.S. House of Representatives and personally contacts the honorees.

Gianforte encourages anyone to nominate Montanans for the Spirit of Montana award by contacting his office at 202-225-3211 or by e-mail at https://gianforte.house.gov/contact/email.

Gianforte’s statement in the Congressional Record about Swan is available HERE and follows:

RECOGNIZING GABRIEL “GIB” SWAN OF GREAT FALLS

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor Gabriel “Gib” Swan who, for over a decade, knits winter hats and donates them to cancer patients, children, the less fortunate, and many others.

A Montana native and a graduate of St. Mary’s High in Great Falls, Gib started knitting hats as a hobby more than 12 years ago when his wife, Roberta, gave him a kit and taught him.

Now 85, Gib has produced more than 1,000 hand-knitted hats that have been donated to homeless shelters, non-profit assistance providers, cancer centers, and local schools.

Gib, known throughout the community as the “Mad Hatter,” knits hats of all sizes and colors and never accepts payment for his work. Nearly everyone at his senior living community has one of Gib’s hand-knitted stocking caps.

Mr. Speaker, for his kindness and steadfast generosity in giving of his time and talents to provide comfort to others, I recognize Gib Swan for his spirit of Montana.

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