The Pittsburgh Shooting Victims – How You Can Help

On Saturday, October 27, a gunman entered the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA, killing 11 people and wounding six others. The shooting is the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in United States history. Here are six concrete ways you can help:

1. Give money directly to the synagogue and survivors:
The money raised from the verified GoFundMe fundraiser will go to the survivors and families of the victims, and it will also help with repairing damages to the building. Funds will be sent directly to the Tree of Life Congregation.
You can also donate money through Tree of Life’s website, and they accept donations through phone, check, or PayPal. Or you can donate 0.5% of your Amazon purchases to the synagogue when you set your charity of choice to the Tree of Life Congregation.

2. Donate to the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society:
The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, or HIAS, is an organization that was initially started to help Jewish refugees, but now helps all refugees worldwide. As The Cut reports, the shooter named HIAS in his anti-Semitic social media posts, and according to Newsweek, he believed the organization was aiding a caravan of Central American migrants heading to the U.S. border. HIAS released a statement on the Tree of Life shooting, and they’re accepting financial donations. They also recommend other ways you can get involved, from organizing a rally to talking to candidates running in the midterm elections.

3. Support causes championed by the victims:
Achieva is an organization that supports people with disabilities, and two of the victims of the shooting, brothers Cecil and David Rosenthal, received services from Achieva. In lieu of flowers, the brothers asked for donations to Tree of Life and/or Achieva.

4. Contribute to organizations supporting the community:
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s fundraiser will help with medical bills, psychological services, and additional security throughout the community.
The LaunchGood campaign, a fundraiser set up by two Muslim organizations, CelebrateMercy and MPower Change, is raising funds to help with funeral expenses and medical bills for the victims.

5. Go to a vigil:
The Anti-Defamation League has partnered with local organizations to set up gatherings and vigils in remembrance of the victims. You can see a full list on their website.

6. Give blood:
As local news site WPXI reports, a number of organizations have set up blood drives for victims of the shooting. The non-profit blood center Vitalant is asking for blood donations, and you can set up an appointment online. The American Red Cross is also holding a drive on Friday, November 2 and Friday, November 30 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, and appointments are required. Call 1-800-RED CROSS to schedule, or search for open slots using the code “PITT” on the Red Cross website.

To the victims affected by this tragedy, you are in our thoughts and prayers. From our ICSAVE Family to yours, we will NEVER forget you nor your strength in the face of this horrible event!

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