Hanoi (VNA)Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has sent a letter of appreciation to the Vietnam Red Cross Society (VRCS), praising the efforts of volunteers and staff to aid less fortunate people over the last two decades.

The VRCS’s charitable works have brought a warmer Tet holiday (traditional Vietnamese New Year) for poor people and AO/dioxin victims under the programme “Tet for the poor and AO victims.”

In the letter, Phuc said he was happy and touched to know that the programme “Tet for the poor and AO victims”, launched by the VRCS in 1999, has presented gifts, worth more than 6.67 trillion VND (293.5 million USD), to more than 22 million AO victims, impoverished and vulnerable people.

It shows the solidarity among people to promote the nation’s long-standing humane values, the PM added.

“I highly value and warmly praise and congratulate the VRCS for its achievements in the programme ‘Tet for the poor and AO victims’ in recent years,” he said.

The leader moved on to ask Party committees and government units to facilitate the operation of the programme. He also asked VRCS volunteers and staff to keep up their good work to make it a charity movement involving all of society.

He believed the programme will further expand and bear greater fruits for the VRCS to accomplish its missions.-VNA