Thanh Nien Newspaper brought 1,070 gifts of milk to underprivileged children in the mountain northwestern provinces of Lao Cai and Ha Giang Wednesday.
The gifts, each worth VND150,000 (US$7.1), were paid for by Nestlé Vietnam.
Lao Cai Province received 570 gifts, with students at Ban Qua Commune Kindergarten and Ban Qua Commune Primary School in Bat Xat District being the first to receive them.
The children were eager for the gifts but they waited patiently in line at the small playground in front of their school for the Thanh Nien group to present the gifts to them.
Nguyen Thanh Hong, the principal of Ban Qua Commune Kindergarten, told Thanh Nien that most of the students live under extremely difficult conditions. They do not have enough warm clothes for the winter, not to mention food. Milk is an expensive item for them.
Vui Thi Diep, a five-year-old girl whose family is among the poorest households in the commune, said she had never drunk milk before. When she received her gift, she opened it and drank right away.
She said it was delicious and she would bring it home for her younger sister to drink.
With the help of Lao Cai Province border guards, the Thanh Nien group came to another kindergarten in Bat Xat District’s Trinh Tuong Commune, where most of children had the first taste of milk in their lives.
Another group came to Ha Giang Province to deliver 500 gifts to students at a kindergarten and a primary school in Quan Ba District’s Nghia Thuan Commune.
Since January this year, Thanh Nien has made three charity trips to Ha Giang.
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