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Gianforte Recognizes Gina Loss of Great Falls With Spirit of Montana Commendation

January 14, 2020
Press Release

Congressman Greg Gianforte recognized Gina Loss of Great Falls for leading efforts to provide comfort to Montana’s children as the founder of the Great Falls Project Linus chapter.

Project Linus is a national organization with chapters throughout the country. Its primary mission is to create blankets to give to children who face a challenge, crisis, or emergency. Since Gina launched the Great Falls chapter, hundreds of volunteers throughout the state have given more than 15,000 handmade blankets to Montana kids in need of comfort.

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 email at https://gianforte.house.gov/contact/email.

Gianforte’s statement in the Congressional Record follows:

RECOGNIZING GINA LOSS OF GREAT FALLS

Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor Gina Loss, founder of the Great Falls Project Linus chapter, for leading efforts to provide comfort to Montana’s children.

Project Linus is a national organization with chapters throughout the country. Its primary mission is to create handmade blankets to give to children who face a challenge, crisis, or emergency.

Facing her own challenges, Gina was inspired to create a local chapter of Project Linus. When faced with personal challenges, Gina believes many people often ask, “Why me?” When she confronted her own challenges, she asked herself, “How do kids get through hard times in life?” Considering that question led her to found the Great Falls chapter of Project Linus in March 2006.

Since its launch, the chapter has given more than 15,000 blankets to kids through hospitals, dentist offices, and neonatal intensive care units, among others. The entire community has embraced the effort, and now hundreds of volunteers across Montana offer handmade gifts of comfort for thousands of kids in need.

Volunteering her time and resources, Gina uses her home as the chapter’s headquarters, overseeing everything from storage to quality control. Her home is also the distribution center where the blankets are sent around the state.

Gina says people don’t realize how much a blanket means to a child who is thrust into difficult, challenging circumstances. She says as soon as a kid gets one of their blankets, they immediately settle down and never let it go.

Madam Speaker, for bringing together people across the state to provide comfort to children when they need it most, I recognize Gina Loss and the Great Falls chapter of Project Linus for their Spirit of Montana.