Ho Chi Minh City plans to spend 90 billion VND (4.23 million USD) helping 13,000 local poor households have a joyful Lunar New Year (Tet) festival, which is the country’s biggest holiday.

The city will also support businesses that are unable to take care of their employees during the Tet holiday by providing 500,000 VND (23.5 USD) in cash per worker, according to Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Hua Ngoc Thuan.

Binh Chanh district plans to present 36,431 gifts worth over 22.3 billion VND (1 million USD) to social welfare beneficiaries, said district Party Committee Secretary Le Van Hoa at a working session with a delegation led by municipal Party Committee Secretary Le Thanh Hai on January 13.

Home to 4,239 poor and near-poor households, Nha Be district will work to donate an additional 500,000 VND (23.5 USD) for each family, said Tran Tan Quyet, a local official.

A nationwide campaign is being launched by the Vietnam Red Cross (VRC) to deliver 1 million gifts to disadvantaged families on the occasion of the upcoming Tet holiday.

The VRC Central Committee has just approved a 4.8 billion VND (228,500 USD) aid package for its chapters in 37 cities and provinces across the country to purchase Tet gifts for the poor and victims of Agent Orange/dioxin.-VNA