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Mpls. students make 'comfort pies' for Pittsburgh's Tree of Life Synagogue

Local students and volunteers are baking pies for Pittsburgh's Tree of Life Synagogue.
Credit: KARE 11

Students at the Minneapolis Jewish Day School spent their Wednesday afternoon packing some sweet treats for congregants at Pittsburgh's Tree of Life Synagogue.

Organizer Rose McGee with the group Sweet Potato Comfort Pies says at least 50 sweet potato pies are being sent to the Pittsburgh-area Synagogue, which was the site of a mass shooting back in October.

McGee says she never would've thought she "would be in a position to do something as humbling as making" what she considers to be the "sacred dessert of black culture with the Jewish community and students that are understanding about it." She added that the experience was "humbling."

This is not the first time McGee's group has reached out following tragedy. The group sent over 3,000 pies to parishioners at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina following a deadly shooting there in 2015.

The pies will be delivered to the Tree of Life on Friday morning.

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