Loreto Vietnam Australia Program (LVAP) presented gifts to 2,000 underprivileged children at a ceremony at Ho Chi Minh City's Center for Supporting and Developing Inclusive Education for People with Disabilities on Friday.
The gifts were sent from Hong Kong through LVAP to the disadvantaged kids at different schools for disabled children in Ho Chi Minh City. The gifts were intended to bring the children a merrier Christmas.
Donated by school children in Hong Kong and sent in decorated shoe boxes, each box contained around 10 gifts, all new and typically containing a soft toy, a book, coloring items and stationery, a hair accessory, and other toys and gifts.
They were collected by Box of Hope, a Hong Kong-based charity organization that provides underprivileged children throughout Asia with boxes of gifts at Christmas time.
LVAP CEO Trish Franklin said this is the fourth time the Loreto Program has organized the annual event in an effort to pass the hope and bring happiness to young children.
Box of Hope has been working with the Loreto Program for the last three years.
The Vietnamese-Australian INGO LVAP was founded 16 years ago and has been working in Vietnam ever since.