|Elderly in HCM City are given Tet gifts. Governments, organisations and donors across the country have joined hands to help disadvantaged people have a better Tet (Lunar New Year) celebration. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Vu
HA NOI (VNS) — Governments, organisations and donors across the country have joined hands to help disadvantaged people have a better Tet (Lunar New Year) celebration.
On Wednesday, the Viet Nam Red Cross (VRC) Central Committee in collaboration with the Ministry of Information and Communications and the National Humanitarian Portal 1400 launched the "Tet for poor people and Agent Orange/dioxin victims" campaign.
The VRC set a target of providing 1 million Tet gift packages to the poor and Agent Orange/dioxin victims.
People can join the campaign by texting "TET" to 1409 before January 25. Each SMS costs VND18,000 (US$0.8 USD).
The campaign since 1999 has raised more than VND3 trillion ($130 million) to help nearly 15 million disadvantaged people and Agent Orange victims. In 2014, it mobilised nearly 1.7 million gifts worth more than VND635 billion ($27 million).
Earlier this week, Deputy Director of Ha Noi's Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Le Toan Khang said that the city would spend nearly VND283 billion ($12.6 million) on gifts for policy beneficiaries and impoverished households.
People who rendered services to the nation, retired officials and employees, and poor families will receive presents worth between VND300,000 ($13) and VND500,000 ($22.5) each.
Senior citizens between 70 and 100 will be presented gifts worth between VND500,000 ($22.5) and VND1 million ($45) each.
It also sets out to grant gift packages to centres that care for people who made contributions to the revolution, war invalids' production establishments, associations for disabled people, Agent Orange/dioxin victims, political prisoners and young ex-volunteers, and social protection centres.
The HCM City Association of Farmers plans to present houses and Tet gifts to its member and disadvantaged rural communities.
The association's president, Nguyen Thi Bach Mai, said about 50 houses, 1,500 gifts and 500 water tanks will be offered to impoverished farmers while 1,500 scholarships will be granted to their children.
More than 23,000 local farmers will also receive support to pay for health insurance.
The southern Binh Duong Province's labour confederation plans to give free coach tickets to 5,000 workers at industrial parks to travel home for family reunions during Tet.
The province's People's Committee plans to spend more than VND152 billion ($6.8 million) on gifts for poor people and those who receive preferential treatment such as heroic mothers and heroes of the People's Armed Force.
The province will also give 6,900 gifts, worth VND500,000 ($22) each, to poor migrant workers who cannot return home for Tet holidays.
The Ministry of Labour, Invalid and Social Affairs proposed to President Truong Tan Sang that it should spend about VND437 billion on Tet gifts.
Under the plan, gifts worth VND400,000 and VND200,000 each will be presented to those who participated in revolutionary activities leading up to the August Revolution (August 19, 1945), heroic mothers, heroes of the People's Armed Forces, labour Heroes during the Resistance War and fallen soldiers' relatives.
War invalids and sick soldiers, as well as veterans affected by toxic chemicals, will also receive presents. — VNS