Celtic ultras the Green Brigade have announced that their charity bucket collection at the Hearts game raised £16,495.67 so far.

Furthermore, the food drive accompanying the collection took in 13 vans worth of donations.

Where is it all going?

The donations will be distributed across the country to various food banks.

Celtic food bank donations in 2015. (Photo by Vagelis Georgariou/ActionPlus/Corbis via Getty Images)

This massive amount has shown the depth of support and charitable nature of the Celtic fans.

The money donations are also up on last year by £3,000, showing the increasing support for this charitable cause.

The ultra group put out the call a couple of weeks ago for fans going to Celtic Park for the Hearts match to bring all sorts of essentials such as nappies, condensed milk and tinned food.

Several collection points were put in key areas around the stadium for fans to drop off en route to the match.

The club also supported the collection and endorsed the fans to donate on the official website.

It isn’t the first and only time

The Green Brigade have been doing these food drives for many years and they keep getting bigger. For a group who appear to be controversial, they do a lot of good for the community.

This isn’t the only charitable deed the group do as they run an anti-discrimination tournament every summer.

Funds raised go towards helping asylum seekers who have arrived in the country in tough circumstances. The contributions to charity are less known to the wider support who may see the Green Brigade as controversial.

Group’s politics backed up

Based in area 111 since 2006, the Green Brigade have been vocal hardcore supporters.

(Photo by Vagelis Georgariou/ActionPlus/Corbis via Getty Images)

The supporters have taken a strong political identity to their section at Celtic Park.

Their left-wing stance is shown through their contributions to charity.

The club’s support for the group has been topsy-turvy over the years. However, they were rewarded the bottom part of the new standing section at Celtic Park in 2016.

Since then they have come on leaps and bounds and brought a new thunder to the stadium.

The Green Brigade have also made fans come closer together especially through charitable means.

Celtic celebrate their 131st birthday today and founder Brother Walfrid would be proud of the fans continuing the original charity ethos of the club.

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