Notable actor and human rights activist George Clooney is continuing to do his part by assisting to launch a campaign that will feed the homeless in Scotland on Christmas Day. The star caused quite a stir earlier this year when he visited Social Bite, which is a non-profit organization that gives proceeds to charity, “allows patrons to buy food for homeless people and is staffed partly with people who were once homeless themselves,” according to the Mirror. Clooney ordered a sandwich and clearly gained inspiration from the organization’s initiative to extend his support for the cause.
Although Clooney is not responsible for the workings of the initiative, being an advocate of such a cause will help the Social Bite reach the masses and help fund the good that they are doing not only in Scotland, but in refugee camps, as well.
Daily News and Analysis relays the words of the Social Bite owner and founder, Josh Littlejohn, in regard to the efforts over holiday time.
“Last year we asked the public to pay £5 to allow us to open on Christmas Day and give local homeless people a place to go for a good meal. Our target was to provide 800 meals. We were amazed by the response and received over £36,000 donations from all over the world meaning we not only fed folk at Christmas, we were able to feed them all year round in all five of our shops.”
The organization is also focused on helping at the refugee camps. Littlejohn talks on this subject, and about the trip they will take to the camps with supplies.
“Our trip is about reaching out a hand of compassion, and letting them know Scotland cares. We don’t know how many vans we’ll fill but we’ll take as many as we can with the donations we get.”
As the Mirror shares, the campaign for the homeless happening on Christmas day also includes a message from Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, giving words of support for the efforts. Other figures offering support include Olympic legend Sir Chris Hoy, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, comedian Rob Brydon, notable broadcaster Chris Evans, and Scotland soccer manager Gordon Strachan.
Those heading this initiative are certain that this year’s campaign will be even more successful than the last, which allowed the homeless to be fed across three cities for an entire year. Josh Littlejohn is now even more sure that this goal will become a reality with the help of stars like Clooney behind them. Littlejohn relays the circumstance when George decided to take part in assisting the cause last month.
“When George visited our shop last month, we asked him to make the first donation and with such a global star on film supporting us, we’re hoping we can smash last year’s total and help even more people.”
As noted, a page has been set up on itison.com, a deals and events website. On the site, people can either pay £5 for the Christmas fund, or can give that same amount to help fund the convoy of vans that are set to leave on Boxing Day with supplies for refugee camps in Cailais and Lesbos.
The Clooneys are most certainly making a name for themselves as a couple who seeks to use their stardom as a means for helping the less fortunate. Clooney’s wife, Amal, has likewise initiated her own plan for giving back by recently setting up a scholarship program for young Lebanese women to achieve their post-secondary degrees and to better their future.
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