NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Chilly autumn weather will soon turn to below-freezing and in Connecticut, one organization is urging residents to check off the “Add-a-Dollar” program on their monthly fuel bills to help keep those less fortunate out of the cold.

As WCBS 880’s Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau reported, it’s a small donation; but Pat Wrice, executive director of Operation Fuel — which provides oil heat to those without the resource to pay — says last year, the program’s donations amounted to about a half million dollars.

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It was a huge boost, Wrice says, since each year the number of those needing help seems to grow.

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“We can’t give what we don’t have. And as painful as it is, sometimes we have to say no. We run out of funds. After we run out of funds, I think people are kind of left on their own,” she said.

Wrice says in Connecticut, there are approximately 300,000 households which need help paying their fuel bills.

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