Various cities and provinces nationwide are busy with gift-giving activities in order to bring underprivileged people and families of war heroes a warm and happy New Year holiday.

On January 20, the Vietnam News Agency bureau based in the southern province of Binh Phuoc and the provincial chapter of the Vietnam Association of Victims of Agent Orange (AO)/dioxin (VAVA) presented a house to a family of AO sufferers.

On the occasion, the chapter also handed over four houses and 1,000 gifts worth some 400 million VND to AO victims in the locality.

The same day, the Soc Trang provincial chapter of the Labour Federation donated gifts to 750 poor workers, each worth 300,000 VND (14 USD).

In the central province of Quang Tri, Deputy Minister and deputy head of the Government Committee for Ethnic Affairs, Hoang Xuan Luong, visited and extended New Year wishes to the provincial People’s Committee and poor ethnic minorities in Dakrong district.

They offered 80 gifts, each worth 500,000 VND (23 USD) to Pako and Van Kieu ethnic groups in the communes of Huong Hiep, Hai Phuc, Ba Long, the district ethnic boarding school and People’s Committee.

The northern province of Bac Ninh alone earmarked over 450 million VND for gifts to the poor, families of war heroes, the elderly, children with disabilities and the homeless.

Ho Chi Minh City’s VAVA chapter raised funds to buy gifts for 1,300 victims, including children aged below 16. Each is valued at 300,000 VND.

Over 1,600 gifts worth a total of 500 million VND (23,000 USD) also went to poor households and victims of storms in Dak Po, Kbang and Kong Chro districts and An Khe township in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai.

Chairman of the Hanoi chapter of Labour Federation Tran Van Thuc said the city’s Trade Union will offer 74 free rides, taking about 3,000 poor workers to their hometowns to enjoy the holiday.

It also presented 500,000 VND each to 500 union members, and handed over gifts worth some 50 million VND (2,300 USD) to seven units and five outstanding workers.-VNA