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Scottish Social Bite aid packs sent to refugees

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Media captionThousands of food and clothing parcels have left Scotland to be delivered to refugees in Europe.

Winter aid packs donated by a Scottish-based campaign will be delivered to refugee camps throughout Europe on Boxing Day.

Social Bite has received more than 65,000 donations for its work helping the homeless in Scotland and abroad.

Food parcels have been dispatched to refugees in Calais, Serbia and Greek island of Lesbos.

The outdoor clothing company Trespass has matched the food donations with packs of winter clothing and equipment.

Social Bite's Josh Littlejohn, a co-founder of the non-profit company, said: "We're so grateful to the board of Trespass for their generosity - thousands of innocent families feeling conflict are enduring freezing temperatures and unimaginable conditions this Christmas and our thanks go them for matching our donations with van loads of quality winter supplies.

"We're utterly blown away and humbled by the generosity of everyone who has supported this campaign - we can't thank them enough."

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Image caption Some of the aid packs will go to refugees in northern France

The campaign's Christmas video appeal was launched with the help of George Clooney when he visited Social Bite's sandwich shop in Edinburgh.

Mr Littlejohn added: "Scotland has shown its heart, we are a nation that cares about others.

"Thanks to the George Clooney effect we've also had donations from all over the world and it'll go a long way to ensuring people who need our help the most will get it."

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Image caption George Clooney gave his support to Social Bite during a visit to Edinburgh

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