Localities across the country have set aside billions of Vietnamese dong for gifts to the poor and war heroes to help them enjoy a happy Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday.

Authorities in the Mekong Delta province Dong Thap recently decided to offer 200,000 VND (9.5 USD) to every household living under poverty line and 100,000 VND (5 USD) to those covered by social security, leading to a total spending of over 10 billion VND (500,000 USD).

The Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) in Tan Khanh Dong commune and the local Red Cross Society donated 100 gifts worth a combined 25 million VND (1,100 USD) to the needy, with each gift including 10 kilograms of rice, sugar, soya sauce and 100,000 VND in cash (5 USD).

In Tan Hong district, the VFF raised roughly 5 billion VND (250,000 USD) to be used to build 95 new houses.

War veteran associations in Tam Nong and Lap Vo districts donated 6 houses, each worth 40-75 million VND (1,900-3,500 USD) to local war veterans, adding to the existing 14 houses costing over 310 million VND (14,500 USD) in the Hong Ngu township.

The “spring tree” fund-raising campaign, run by the provincial Child Protection Fund, is also raising money for underprivileged children.

In the southern province of Hau Giang, over 30 billion VND (1.4 million USD) will be dedicated to providing Tet bonuses for more than 10,000 State officials.

Meanwhile, the central province of Quang Nam is spending approximately 38.9 billion VND (1.8 million USD) on gifts for tens of thousands of war heroes, their families and those contributing to local development.-VNA