A lottery ticket vendor (R) receives a bag of free lunch from a charity kitchen in Ho Chi Minh City, April 17, 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Huu Khoa.
At many donation distribution sites in Vietnam, poor people crippled by Covid-19 are thankful and won’t take more than they need.
Last Friday afternoon, two women walked to a charity booth at 420 Lac Long Quan Street in Hanoi.
One of them took the donated food items and walked off immediately.
The other, a slim woman in her mid-thirties, hesitated after receiving her gift pack.
She stood silently for a while, an envelope in her hand. After she’d gathered enough courage, she walked towards Dao Tuan Hung, who was managing the booth. She pressed the envelope into his hand.
“I immediately told her it was a free present, but she said that it was not money. She left quickly after giving me the envelope,” Hung said.
Inside was a handwritten letter.
“Dear ladies and gentlemen.
I have been an unemployed worker since the Covid-19 disease hit the country, the people and the government’s 16th decree (national social distancing campaign) to ensure the lives of people and the community. I sold things for a living but had to stop and paying rent has become difficult. I came across Lac Long Quan Street and found this place which distributes rice and noodles.
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