Pittsburgh synagogue shooting: Penguins hold blood, donation drive

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins are hosting a series of events to help the victims of the deadly shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill.

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The team will host a blood drive on Monday from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. at PPG Paints Arena. Anyone who would like to donate can find more information on the Vitalant website.

The Penguins will also hold a collection before Tuesday's game against the New York Islanders to benefit the families of the synagogue shooting victims.

The team’s Halloween-themed night that was initially scheduled for that game has been canceled.

Donations may be made as fans enter the gates, the team said in a release. A moment of silence will also be held before the game.

“The Pittsburgh Penguins join the greater Pittsburgh community in standing up against this senseless violence and supporting the victims and families of the Tree of Life Synagogue,” said David Morehouse, president and CEO of the team. “Under these circumstances, we determined it was not appropriate to continue with our annual Halloween theme on Tuesday, so those activities have been canceled. The entire city has a heavy heart.”

There was also a moment of silence before the Pittsburgh Penguins game, which was against the Vancouver Canucks Saturday night.
The shooting Saturday morning left 11 people dead and six others, including law enforcement, wounded.