A Catholic fraternal group has organized a blood drive in honor of Louisiana Representative Steve Scalise, who has been hospitalized since Wednesday. The congressman was one of those shot and wounded last week during a GOP baseball practice at a field in Alexandria, Virginia.
Scalise, the House Majority Whip, was upgraded from “critical” to “serious” and has begun talking to his family members this weekend. He is the third highest ranking Republican member in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Adrian Bruneau, a fraternity brother of the congressman’s from Louisiana State University, organized the blood drive through his local Knights of Columbus Council, according to the Associated Press.
“[B]lood donors anywhere can tell their blood bank they’re making a ‘replenishment for Representative Steve Scalise,’” the Associated Press reported.
Last Thursday evening, Republican and Democrat congressional members gathered to pray at second base (Scalise’s position) before the start of the annual Congressional Baseball Game. The event raised over $1 millions for charity.
Showing support for the injured lawmakers, people in the crowd held signs that said “Scalise Strong.” Snapchat geofilters at the Nationals Park during the game included captions that read, “Today We’re All Team Scalise” and “Bringing People Together.”
A moment of silence was held at the beginning of the game for Scalise and other shooting victims. Those also shot Wednesday include two Capitol Police officers.
“As you all know, tonight’s game has taken on a much deeper level of meaning, beyond anything that we would have thought,” President Donald Trump said in a pre-taped video message that was shown at the start of the game. “By playing tonight, you are showing the world that we will not be intimidated by threats, acts of violence, or assaults on our democracy.”
One of the injured Capitol Police officers threw out the first pitch of the game.
The Democrats won 11-2 against the Republicans; however, the Democrats gave the winning trophy to the GOP to place in Scalise’s office during the congressman’s recovery.