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George Clooney helps Scotland's homeless this Christmas

When she's not writing, Claire Gillespie can most often be found wiping snotty noses, picking up Lego, taking photos of her cat or doing headstands.

Scottish charity raises over £180,000 to feed the homeless this festive season

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Less than 48 hours after launching an online crowd-funding project to help feed the homeless over Christmas, Scottish charity Social Bite has raised almost £190,000.

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The sandwich shop chain that provides the homeless with jobs and food has branches in Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh. It made the news all over the world when Hollywood A-lister George Clooney visited the Edinburgh branch last month. And Clooney was the first to make a deal yesterday, which pays for a hot meal for a homeless person over the festive season.

George Clooney kicks-off campaign to feed the homeless at Chri...

Please watch and share this AMAZING video to launch this years campaign to feed the homeless on Christmas Day. You'll even see Hollywood superstar George Clooney "pay it forward" for the first meal! Our ITISON deal is NOW LIVE for a limited period of time - where you can donate £5 for an xmas dinner for the homeless. You can also contribute £5 to buy a food and clothing pack for the refugees if you want to.Here is the link - https://www.itison.com/Glasgow/deals/buy-a-homeless-person-xmas-dinner-social-bite--3Let's harness the spirit of Christmas to make a real difference to the most vulnerable people in Scotland and further afield.Merry Christmas.

Posted by Social Bite on Monday, 14 December 2015

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon also made a deal when she visited the café yesterday. Other high-profile deals came from Olympic legend Sir Chris Hoy, Scotland manager Gordon Strachan, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, comedian Rob Brydon and broadcaster Chris Evans.

Members of the public can pay £5 to make a deal via events company itison, with an extra option to pay an additional £5 to provide a pack of food and winter essentials to European refugees.

OK everybody. THIS IS IT! When we first announced this the response was overwhelming and the post was shared over 12,000...

Posted by Social Bite on Monday, 14 December 2015

Social Bite co-founder Josh Littlejohn said he was "delighted" with such a generous response.

"Last year the ambition was to do 800 dinners for £5, and we managed to do 36,000 over the week — we had people in our shops every single day", he said. "We decided to do it again and weren't sure what to expect. To an extent, having George Clooney on board helped, but it's a really cool thing, and even Nicola Sturgeon contributed, so lots of people have got behind it. Last year people donated loads of differed [sic] presents, and our customers got loads of different nice things — we gave away guitars, and people played music. It's about feeding those in need, but it's also about giving people company on a day that can potentially be very lonely".

Social Bite is a social business, meaning 100 percent of its profits goes to good causes. It feeds over 150 homeless people every day and helps the formerly homeless to get back on their feet by giving them jobs: 1 in 4 Social Bite staff used to be homeless.

All Social Bite cafés will be open on Dec. 24, and the Glasgow and Edinburgh branches on Christmas Day.

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