Kids at Mang But 1 Elementary School in Kon Tum Province put on new jackets gifted by Thanh Nien and Nestle.
Thanh Nien newspaper teamed with NestlÃ© Vietnam last week to gift warm clothes and milk to poor students in Vietnam's Central Highlands provinces.
On December 10 and 11, Thanh Nien worked with authorities in Kon Tum Province and Thua Thien-Hue Province to give away 1,700 presents to poor students in the two localities.
Worth a total of VND300 million (US$14,213), the gifts were also sponsored by NestlÃ© Vietnam.
Le Anh Son, principal of Mang Ri elementary school in Tu Mo Rong Town in Kon Tum said: "Located close to the foot of the mountain and in the jungle, the weather here is cold almost all year round, especially in December. But the poor life of the people here does not allow the kids to have sweaters to wear in the chilling cold and this charity program has come just in time to help them overcome this harsh weather."
The day the presents were given, though it was very cold, most of the kids wore only a thin shirt and had to huddle themselves together to warm up. Some of them were barefoot.
11-year-old A Luan in Kon Tum province said: "My parents can't afford a sweater. I only have one shirt and trousers to go to school and everyday I usually run very fast to school to make me feel warm."
"Now I have a sweater and know how milk tastes," 7-year-old Y Hit in Kon Tum said with happiness.
On December 14, the newspaper brought 200 presents -- also sweaters and milk -- to kids in Tay Giang Town in Quang Nam Province and 100 books and notebooks for high school students in the area.
Nguyen Thanh Trieu, a teacher at Dang Secondary School in the town said: "This winter, the kids will be kept warm on their way to school. It always hurts us to see them wearing very thin shirts in the extreme cold weather."
Through December 20, the newspaper plans to bring more than 500 presents to other communes in Kon Plong Town and Äak Glei Town in Kon Tum province, where regular traffic has been cut off since heavy floods in November.
The sweater and milk program will then be carried out in other areas in Northeast and Northwest Vietnam with 5,000 more gifts to be given, worth around VND500 million ($23,690) in total, all sponsored by Nestle Vietnam.