Individuals, companies and localities nationwide have been distributing Tet (Lunar New Year) gifts to disadvantaged people as the Tet holiday, the country’s biggest festive season is approaching.

Former Vice President Truong My Hoa offered 350 Tet gifts to ethnic and disadvantaged households in three communes in Chon Thanh district, the southern province of Binh Phuoc on January 13.

The gifts, worth 350,000 VND (16.6 USD) each, were contributed by enterprises and scial organisations in Ho Chi Minh City via the Vu A Dinh fund.

The same day, Vice Chairman of the southern Binh Duong provincial People’s Committee Tran Thanh Liem visited and presented gifts to 100 disadvantaged children in An Thanh and An Son communes, Thuan An town. Each gift set was valued at 500,000 VND (23.8 USD).

From January 13-16, the provincial leaders also offered gifts to 460 other children in a number of communes and wards of Thu Dau Mot city, Ben Cat and Dau Tieng districts and the provincial centre for social protection.

In recent days, many enterprises and organisations in the province have distributed Tet gifts to people with difficulties.

Taiwanese charity fund Tzu Chi has offered 500 Tet presents worth 400,000 VND (19 USD) each to people in need in the remote district of Tan Uyen.

Meanwhile, Lotte Mart Binh Duong sent 350 gifts valued at 300,000 VND (14 USD) each to disadvantaged people in Lai Thieu ward, Thuan An town.

In another move, over 900 labourers in central Quang Tri province received Tet gifts worth 300,000 VND - 500,000 VND from the provincial Trade Union.

According to Le Thi Kim Oanh, Vice Chairwoman of the Hanoi Fatherland Front, the organisation has encouraged the community, enterprises and organisations to join hands to support the poor people in the city on the occasion of the upcoming Tet holiday.

A number of enterprises have pledged to offer gifts to nearly 1,000 disadvantaged households in the city, worth 500,000 VND - 1 million VND (47.6 USD) each.

The northern province of Ninh Binh has decided to allocate 20 billion VND (952,381 USD) from the local budget to support needy people.

On this occasion, the Vietnam News Agency’s Fund for Agent Orange victims offered gifts to three disadvantaged victims in Yen Lam, Khanh Thuong and Khanh Duong communes of Yen Mo district.

The northern mountainous province of Lao Cai will spend 15 billion VND (714,285 USD) supporting social welfare beneficiaries there.

According to Dinh Thi Hung, Director of the provincial Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Department, the province has nearly 40,000 individuals and families in need of assistance over the Tet holiday.

The beneficiaries will receive gifts worth 300,000 VND each.-VNA