A Fairfield World War II veteran’s winter just got warmer as a result of Heat For Heroes, a program developed by Economy Fuel to help keep veterans warm during the winter months.
The company announced that 88-year-old Glenn Benton of Fairfield, who served in World War II in the Quarter Master Corp., loading and unloading supplies while stationed in England, France and Germany from June 1943 through January 1946, has been chosen to receive up to $1,500 of home heating oil from the low-cost energy company that serves New Haven and Fairfield counties.
Benton was nominated by his daughter, Bonnie Lindsay, also of Fairfield, whose Heat For Heroes essay described her dad as “… 88 years young and still working full time” as he struggles to pay his monthly bills, in spite of living a very simple life with her mother. She also said Benton also recently lost his parrot and is most deserving of this prize as a man who gave to his country, worked hard his whole life and has never accepted charity.
During the month-long nomination period of Nov. 11, Veterans Day, through Dec. 11, the public was invited to nominate veterans at heatforheroes.com. In addition to its search for a deserving veteran to receive home heating oil assistance, Heat For Heroes is also raising money through the sale of Heat For Heroes-branded merchandise, including cammo T-shirts and caps, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting Fairfield-based Save Our Vets, an organization to help veterans and their families make ends meet during difficult economic times.
Also, New Haven and Fairfield county residents who sign up for Economy Fuel’s Consortium Program, a low cost home heating oil option that allows homeowners and businesses to purchase heating oil at heavily discounted rates, have 50% of their $100 membership initiation fee donated to the nonprofit organization.
Benton was thrilled that his daughter nominated him for Heat For Heroes and very surprised that he won. “I thought, ‘we’ll just wait and see.’ I never win anything. It’s amazing that I was picked,” said Benton, who adds that the money he will save on this year’s heating bills will be put to good use.
Managing Director of Economy Fuel Mike Gill says the company received so many heartfelt entries that choosing just one was a real challenge.
“At Economy Fuel we believe the men and women who have served our country deserve our thanks each and every day,” he said. “Sgt. Benton put his life on the line for our country so many years ago and now we’re honored to help him, and other Veterans, stay warm this winter.”