NEW CANAAN — This fall, the New Canaan Fire Department is holding a free drawing for four metal ash disposal buckets, courtesy of New Canaan Firefighters and Weed & Duryea. Entry forms can be obtained at Weed & Duryea, New Canaan Fire Headquarters or by sending your name and address to the New Canaan Firefighters at newcanaanfirefighters@hotmail.com (New Canaan residents only.)

NORWALK — The Heart to Heart Foundation is requesting donations for its Christmas Toy Drive. The organization is requesting donations for ages birth to 12 and gift cards for 13- to 16-year-olds. For information, contact Rebecca Chernet at 203-853-7966 or the Rev. Nellie Mann at 336-603-6135.

HARTFORD — Operation Fuel and its statewide network of fuel banks has begun taking energy assistance applications for the upcoming heating season. Families and individuals who are in financial crisis and need energy assistance should call 211 to find their closest fuel bank. Operation Fuel is the only organization in Connecticut that provides year-round emergency energy assistance statewide. This past fiscal year, Operation Fuel provided more than $3.3 million in energy assistance to nearly 7,900 households. Almost half of those helped were elderly or children under the age of 18. Now in its 40th year, Operation Fuel is a statewide nonprofit organization that provides emergency energy assistance year-round to lower-income working families and individuals, the elderly and disabled individuals who are in financial crisis. Information or donations: www.operationfuel.org.