Glasgow shoppers donate more than 4,400 Christmas gifts

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Glasgow shoppers have been thanked for their generosity by the organisers of The Festival of Kindness. 

More than 4,400 gifts have been handed in to a collection point on Byres Road in the run up to Christmas.

The festival launched to give food and comfort to homeless and vulnerable groups in Scotland.

Collection points were set up in the West End of Glasgow and central Edinburgh.

People were also invited to make donations to help provide meals and shelter.

Social Bite co-founder and CEO Josh Littlejohn MBE said the charity had been overwhelmed by kindness.

He said: ”We have seen some extraordinary examples of generosity throughout our Festival of Kindness campaign. 

“Your gifts and financial donations will make a huge difference to those without a safe place to call home this Christmas and your small act of kindness means the world.

“From all of us at Social Bite I want to say a huge thank you.”  

Festival of Kindness
Volunteers taking gifts for the Festival of Kindness

Local shoppers were invited to buy an extra gift and donate it to the team at Social Bite. 

The West End giving was organised with help from local traders’ group Visit West End.

Volunteers staffed the collection point to take in the small gifts bought by shoppers.

Items included socks, gloves and toiletries. 

‘Your gifts and financial donations will make a huge difference to those without a safe place to call home this Christmas and your small act of kindness means the world’

Josh Littlejohn

Arash Hayati, an Iranian refugee, is one of those who will benefit from the Festival of Kindness. 

He has been helping distribute the gifts to recipients across Glasgow. 

“I came to Glasgow as an asylum seeker from Iran three years ago, and now I have refugee status. 

“I had to leave my home and country because I had been looking into different religions. 

“I had worked since I was 18 in Iran and had built a home, got married and had a secure job.

Social Bite organised the festival to provide food and comfort to less fortunate people at Christmas.
Arash Hayati has been help pack and distribute the gifts.

“Social Bite have given me a job which is wonderful, but they have given me so much wider support.”

“The work that Social Bite does helps individuals and that is better for society as a whole, and that makes a lot of sense to me.”


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