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Penguins Help Children Pick Out Winter Clothes

by Joe Sager / Pittsburgh Penguins
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On the ice, only two assists are awarded on a goal.

However, Monday afternoon, all the Pittsburgh Penguins earned an assist.

Pens Volunteer For Project Bundle-Up Photos

The team headed to Dick’s Sporting Goods at The Mall at Robinson for the 16th Annual Penguins Personal Shopping Day for Project Bundle-Up.

And while they may not have been on the ice, they still had a pretty big impact. In conjunction with The Salvation Army, the Penguins helped disadvantaged children pick out warm and comfortable clothing for the upcoming winter months.

“All the guys look forward to doing this. It’s nice. We have some fun; the kids give us some pretty good laughs. We enjoy it,” Sidney Crosby said. “It’s always interesting – you meet different kids every year and they have their own personalities and are fun to be around. So, we’re always excited to do this.”

The children involved enjoyed a lunch of Pizza Hut pizza with the Penguins players. Then, they paired up with a player and searched for new hats, gloves, jackets, boots and other cold-weather wear. Afterward, the players signed autographs for the children.

“Every year, coming out here is great. We get to eat lunch with the little kids and it’s great to put a smile on their faces,” Ryan Malone said. “It’s fun for the guys to come out and hang out together. We all come out here and the guys goof around with the kids and they really seem to enjoy it.”

Mark Recchi didn’t have to coordinate too much – the child he escorted went after his favorite color. 

“He loved it. He was excited. He wasn’t too picky, he just went for the color he wanted,” Recchi said. “This is a great event. The kids are excited and it’s a lot of fun for us. Dick’s does a great job as well. The kids got some nice clothes to keep them warm this winter.” 

While the players went through a rigorous practice in the morning, they were more than happy to spend their afternoon helping children pick out winter clothes. The Penguins seemed to have as much fun as the children. Smiles and laughter were in abundance. While the children left with their new winter clothing, they – and the Penguins – left with some great memories.

“It’s awesome. It’s great for the kids to get new clothes and it’s great for us to put a smile on their faces,” Ryan Whitney said. “It’s awesome for us to eat lunch with them, sign a few autographs and get them some new clothes. It’s a good event and I look forward to it next year.”

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