HÀ NỘI — US based fast-food restaurant chain Lee’s Sandwiches donated US$100,000 through the Việt Nam Red Cross Society (VNRC) to support disaster victims, especially teachers and students, in the central provinces of Việt Nam at a ceremony on Wednesday in Hà Nội.
The donation is part of the company’s “Central Việt Nam Disaster Relief” programme, aimed to help families in flood and storm hit areas of central provinces overcome difficulties.
Lee’s Sandwiches representative Trần Lộc said that even though they live far from their homeland, the Vietnamese community in the US was always looking to the country and to the Central region to share the difficulties and losses of people affected by natural disasters and floods.
The Lee’s Sandwiches representative said that the donation came from 50 per cent of the company’s total sales of coffee products from November 3 to November 18 and donations by its staffs, customers and Vietnamese friends in the US.
At the event, VNRC Vice President Trần Thị Hồng An said that the money will be used to buy essential goods for flood hit victims in the central region of Việt Nam.
An said that VNRC at all levels had received more than VNĐ62 billion to help flood victims in the central provinces, of which over VNĐ22 billion collected at the central level and tens of tonnes of goods.
Việt Nam has been hit by four strong typhoons that have resulted in serious floods, landslides, and destruction of infrastructure in the central region. The lives of more than 1.3 million people in the region are seriously affected, while nearly 300,000 houses were flooded and damaged. — VNS