The Vietnam Red Cross (VRC) is implementing a campaign to deliver 1 million gifts to disadvantaged families on the occasion of the Lunar New Year Festival (Tet).

The VRC Central Committee has just approved a 4.8 billion VND (228,500 USD) aid package to its chapters in 37 cities and provinces nationwide to purchase Tet gifts for the poor and victims of Agent Orange/dioxin. These localities either have a high rate of poverty or have been hit by natural disasters last year.

The committee has also sent nine delegations on gift delivery missions in localities between January 10-27. The Lunar New Year this year will fall on January 31.

By Jan. 6, more than 525,000 gifts were distributed to target beneficiaries. Over 10,000 businesses, organizations and individuals both in and outside the country donated to the campaign.

This is the 15 th year the VRC has carried out the campaign to deliver Tet gifts to the poor and AO victims. Nearly 10 million families have received help from the campaign, including 1.5 million in 2013.-VNA