Pittsburgh Penguins will host blood drive, collection to help synagogue victims
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The Pittsburgh Penguins will hold a blood drive and collect donations this week to benefit the 11 victims and families affected by Saturday's mass shooting at a well-known Pittsburgh synagogue.  

The hockey team was originally scheduled to host a Halloween-themed celebration during their game on Tuesday night.

Now, they will hold the blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday and accept donations at all entrances to the PPG Paints Arena during the game on Tuesday night, local CBS affiliate KDKA reported.


“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,” David Morehouse, president and CEO of the Penguins said in a statement, according to KDKA.

“Under these circumstances, we determined it was not appropriate to continue with our annual Halloween theme on Tuesday, so those activities have been canceled," he added. "The entire city has a heavy heart.”

The blood drive will be held at the arena on Monday as well.

The suspected shooter, Robert Bowers, opened fire at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood on Saturday morning, police said. The gunman killed at least 11 congregants and wounded four police officers as well as two others. 

The attack, which is being charged as an anti-Semitic hate crime, is the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in U.S. history, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

Bowers had posted on his Gab page that “jews are the children of satan” and reportedly shouted “all Jews must die” before launching the attack.

Thousands gathered for a vigil to honor the victims in Pittsburgh on Saturday night.