HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — AARP Connecticut has given a $4,500 check to Operation Fuel, Inc., to help seniors who are struggling to pay their heating bills this winter.
The winter relief fund was established in January by the AARP Foundation, to support older adults who are suffering from the severe cold weather. The foundation focuses on states in the Northeast and Midwest parts of the country, focusing on those most in need.
AARP Connecticut State Director, Nora Duncan, says “Thanks to the generosity of donations from AARP members and the public, the relief fund is helping older adults across the Midwest and Northeast who struggle with limited income and are faced with increased heating costs this winter.”
According to Patricia Wrice, executive director of Operation Fuel, Inc., “This winter has been extremely brutal for Connecticut’s most vulnerable residents- our seniors. Since 2012 Operation Fuel has experienced a 50% increase in the number of senior citizens who need help paying for heat and lights. Operation Fuel is truly grateful for this wonderful gift from the AARP Foundation.”
AARP and AARP Foundation will match dollar-for-dollar contributions to the winter relief fund, up to $250,000, which could mean up to $500,000 in aid. All funds will go directly toward those who are suffering from a harsh winter.
To make a donation, you can head to http://www.aarp.org/disasterrelief