The Vietnam Red Cross (VRC) has put forth several initiatives to join the Party’s and nation’s efforts to care for disadvantaged groups, including the poor, Agent Orange victims and homeless elders and children, especially during the lunar New Year (Tet) holidays.

This year, the VRC continues launching the “Tet for the poor and AO victims” movement with a hope of collecting at least 1 million gifts from domestic and foreign donors and organisations.

Held annually from 1999, the event has so far mobilised over 3 trillion VND, assisting nearly 14 million poor households and AO victims. Notably, last year, the organisation collected 1.7 million gifts worth 635 billion VND.

Additionally, during this Tet festival, the VRC Central Committee will also provide 3,900 blankets for households in northern and northwestern areas which are severely hit by cold spells.

At this time, around 7,000 pairs of shoes, funded by the Korean Red Cross, will be presented to needy people.

The organisation has also succeeded in implementing the “Cow Bank” project, which is designed to provide cows for indigent districts and border communes.-VNA