A journey of giving with warm-hearted students in Ho Chi Minh City


For the second year in a row, more than 40 students from Anh Den Dem Club (The Night Light) spent an evening traveling throughout the streets of Ho Chi Minh City, offering gifts to the homeless.

Anh Den Dem was founded in 2019 by a group of economics students from the University of Economics and Law under the Vietnam National University-Ho Chi Minh City to provide support for underprivileged communities in the city.

This year, on the group’s second annual ‘night drive,' Anh Den Dem members handed out more than 100 parcels of donated clothing collected from students at the Vietnam National University-Ho Chi Minh City.

In just two days, Anh Den Dem collected nearly five times more donations than last year. 

All donations were washed, sorted, and packed with a baguette and carton of milk. 

Phan Thi Hanh Nguyen, head of the organizing board of Anh Den Dem, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that the group hopes to continue growing its donation program in the coming years.

“Apart from helping the needy, the program also helps us form connections with our fellow students," said Nguyen. 

"We will scale up the program next year if we’re able to attract new members from other universities."


A homeless woman happily accepts a donated coat from Anh Den Dem. Photo: Nhat Thu / Tuoi Tre


A student inspects donated clothes before packaging and distribution. Photo: Nhat Thu / Tuoi Tre


Volunteer students divide donations into three groups for distribution in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Nhat Thu / Tuoi Tre


On their way back home from work, Thuy Tien and Manh Tuan stopped a group of volunteers from Anh Den Dem in order to donate money and support their cause. Photo: Huu Huong / Tuoi Tre


Two volunteers from Anh Den Dem offer a donation to a man in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Huu Huong / Tuoi Tre


Anh Den Dem members pack gifts in preparation for their night drive. Photo: Nhat Thu / Tuoi Tre


Anh Den Dem volunteers sort donated clothes before washing and distribution. Photo: Nhat Thu / Tuoi Tre


A volunteer from Anh Den Dem offers support to a homeless man. Photo: Huu Huong / Tuoi Tre
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