A relief fund to help Fairfield victims of Sandy has been established by the town in partnership with Operation Hope.

The Fairfield Storm Sandy Relief Fund will collect tax-deductible contributions for distribution to Fairfield residents who need help in the wake of the storm. The fund will accept only monetary donations.

Donations -- which will be used to assist only Fairfield residents -- can be made the following ways:

By check: Make checks payable to "OH-FFLD Storm Sandy RF" or "OH-FFLD Storm Sandy." The checks can be mailed or dropped off at Operation Hope's administrative office at 636 Old Post Road, Fairfield CT 06824.

By credit card: Visit www.operationhopect.org and click on the donate link at the top of the page. When making an online contribution, please indicate the donation is to be used for the Fairfield Storm Sandy Relief Fund in the drop-down box on the right-hand side of the webpage.

Cash: Cash contributions are being accepted at Operation Hope's administratoe office. Receipts will be provided.

Gift certificates: Mailed to or dropped off at the Operation Hope office.

Contributions to the fund are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law for all 501 (c)(3) charitable organizations. Acknowledgement letters will be provided for IRS purposes.

Fairfield residents who need financial assistance because of the storm should visit or call Operation Hope at 203-292-5588, ext. 232, to apply.

Applications for assistance will be reviewed and approved by a joint committee of town and Operation Hope representatives.

The town, First Selectman Michael Tetreau said in a statement, "is pleased to offer this program to our citizens and is thankful that Operation Hope has partnered with us to provide a secure and appropriate mechanism for anyone wishing to make donations to help our fellow citizens affected by Storm Sandy.

"This critical fund is one way people can make a difference in helping our Fairfield neighbors through this difficult time," he said.

Operation Hope Executive Director Carla Miklos added in the statement: "We are grateful for the opportunity to help our neighbors in need at this time."

For questions or more information about the relief fund, call Bob Mayer, the town's acting chief fiscal officer, at 203-256-3030 or Operation Hope at 203-292-5588.