Bringing compassion to people amidst COVID-19 spell

In the context of the complicated and prolonged COVID-19 pandemic, the Red Cross Society of Lam Dong province has actively contributed to social security, with many positive and creative ways in organizing relief and charity activities, taking care of the poor and the vulnerable people who have lost their income due to the pandemic spell.

With the spirit of solidarity, mutual love and affection, the Red Cross Society of Lam Dong province has strongly promoted its core role in humanitarian assistance activities, ready to share and help people in difficulty overcome the pandemic spell and always accompany the medical staff and armymen who were on duty in the front lines to fight the pandemic, ensuring safety in protection of the people.

The Red Cross Society system of Lam Dong province includes 12 district and city Societies, 3 affiliated branches, 142/142 grassroots Societies, with 64,295 members currently living in grassroots facilities.

Bringing compassion to people amidst COVID-19 spell
The "Humanitarian Market" models helps many poor households affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to ease their difficulties in life. (Source: Red Cross Society of Lam Dong Province)

Keeping in mind the credo "Red Cross Society for everyone, everywhere", from the first days of the pandemic onset in Lam Dong province, the image of "red shirt warriors" who did not mind difficulties was always present in a timely manner in epidemic areas, isolation and blockade areas for timely support have strengthened people and anti-epidemic forces.

The Red Cross Society of Lam Dong province has always been a bright spot in the prevention of the COVID-19 epidemic, through activities such as: "Humanitarian Market"; distribution of free cereals, food and meals; medical supplies, giving gifts to the frontliners against the pandemic.

Especially, since the 4th outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Society coordinated to organize 11 sessions of "Humanitarian Markets", 10 free mobile food distribution tours, thereby supporting more than 2,000 poor people, people in difficult circumstances, disadvantaged people who had lost their income due to the COVID-19 pandemic, helping them to reduce their difficulties in life, especially during the long time of the quarantine and social distancing, many households had no jobs, they had to live in boarding houses and medically quarantined areas.

At the same time, together with local societies at all levels, the Society mobilized more than 100 freights of vegetables, tubers, fruits and food to support neighboring provinces, encouraged the donation of hundreds of thousands of masks, anti-droplet glasses, disinfection spray, protective clothing, gloves to supply to anti-epidemic checkpoints, isolation areas in the province and support the frontliners against the pandemic.

Currently, in the context of the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic, which greatly affects the lives, especially the self-employed people, the disabled, the elderly, and the lonely, the "Humanitarian Market" session is an activity of significantly humane meaning "One piece when hungry is equal to one packet when full". The market has become familiar to many people in need, where they can not only get what they need, but also feel the humanity that can relieve their hardship.

Receiving necessities at the "Humanitarian Market" session, Mrs. Chu Thi Hong, from Tan Van commune, Lam Ha district, Lam Dong province excitedly said: "My family is a poor household, due to the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic. Then, our life is more difficult, I am very happy to receive the gifts from the Red Cross Society, I would like to sincerely thank everyone for their attention and timely help."

In addition to the regularly held "Humanitarian Market" sessions, the Society also maintains a daily free meal distribution hub for poor workers, and homeless people. Each person coming to the hub has a different life destiny and situation, but they could find a timely help during a difficult time to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the context of a prolonged pandemic and an increasingly scarce blood source in hospitals, the Provincial Red Cross Society has developed specific plans to call for voluntary blood donation. Specifically, the Society has built a fixed blood donation station, where blood donation is regularly performed and maintained once a month. Lam Dong province is assigned by Central Red Cross Society for 9/9 consecutive years to implement the "Red Journey" program bearing the theme "Rosy Drop of Flowery City ".

The voluntary blood donation movement has really been expanded in areas across the province, attracting many different sectors and objects. The number of collected blood units saved the lives of many patients.

Bringing compassion to people amidst COVID-19 spell
Rice being given free of charge to support self-employed people. (Source: Red Cross Society of Lam Dong Province)

Mr. Do Hoang Tuan, Chairman of the Red Cross Society of Lam Dong province said: "Following the policy of the Government and under the guidance of the Provincial Party Committee and the Provincial People's Committee on taking care of the people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, so that no one shall be left behind, or starving, or hunger, the Provincial Red Cross Society has organized many humanitarian activities to promptly help households severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the province, the Society organized charity meals for the poor and disadvantaged people who would work as lottery ticket sellers, motorbike taxi drivers, jobless people, lonely elderly people, people with disabilities, poor patients, etc. affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Society also organized many distribution tours to give gifts of food and necessities such as: rice, instant noodles, cooking oil, soup powder, vegetables, tubers, fruits free of charge at other locations in the province for the people severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic".

The Chairman of the Red Cross Society of Lam Dong province emphasized: "With the achieved performance, in order to spread the humanitarian activities widely, in the coming time, the Red Cross Society of Lam Dong province will continue to strengthen the communication to raise the awareness and responsibilities of all classes of people, at all levels and branches in the province.

Forms of activities will be diversified, towards grassroots, especially in remote and isolated areas... so that the Society can truly be a bridge between benevolent hearts and people in difficult circumstances, contributing to taking care of the people's life and health, and ensure social security in the province in the coming time".

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