BLOOMFIELD, CT (WCBS 880) – An organization that helps people in Connecticut stay warm in the winter can’t do it any more.

WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau reports

Applications from the needy for home heating oil began ramping up in January, right along with the price of fuel.

Pat Rice, who runs Operation Fuel, says the cost of providing a hundred gallons of heating oil soared from $300 to nearly $400 and people were desperate for fuel.

“Their tanks are empty,” Rice told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau. “…and there was panic all over.”

Rice says when calls were coming in at the rate of 150 a week, Operation Fuel had no choice but to deny new applications and it will take an infusion of donations to restart.

Customers of Connecticut Light & Power can check the ‘add a dollar’ box on their bill to donate. Rice says that if everybody did it for just a single month, it would bring in over $1 million for badly needed heating oil.

You can also donate to Operation Fuel online by clicking HERE.