PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Wendell August Forge has teamed up with the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation youth charities to design two unique holiday ornaments.

The ornaments are being made out of steel from the roof of the Civic Arena.

According to a press release from the Penguins, over 11,000 ornaments were sold in less than 24 hours.

“People are very excited,” Wendell August Marketing Director Leann Smith said.

As a result of the overwhelming demand, only the first 15,000 will be delivered in time for Christmas.

“Such overwhelming and unexpected demand is a good “problem” to have,” Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation President Dave Soltesz said in a statement. “But because these ornaments are all handmade at Wendell August Forge, we simply won’t be able to make and deliver more than 15,000 before Christmas. We will continue to sell them after we reach 15,000, we just want our customers to know and understand the timing.”

One of the ornaments shows the Civic Arena and the Pittsburgh skyline, while the other shows the arena with a Penguins logo above it.

Each ornament is $29 and all the proceeds go to the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation youth charities. The money will help to fund ball hockey programs in Allegheny County elementary schools.

You can order the ornaments on the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation’s website.

The Penguins Foundation won’t start selling them again until early January. However, shoppers have one more chance to get their hands on them before Christmas.

A limited number of ornaments will go on sale at the Wendell August shop on Route 208 at 9 a.m. Saturday.


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