WILTON — Police have started a new program that will help homebound residents receive sand for their icy driveways and walkways.

The Wilton Bucket Helpers program was unveiled last week by Chief Heidi Wilcox. The idea is centered around police officers delivering sand to homebound residents in Wilton who otherwise would not be able to access the town’s public sand pile.

“I’ve been to several incidents where people have fallen on the ice trying to get their mail or newspaper and received serious injuries,” Wilcox said in a news release.

A limited number of 5-gallon buckets were donated to the Wilton Police Department by the Wilton Hardware Store for use in the program.

Wilcox said police will deliver a bucket of sand to homebound residents or others who can’t get access to the public sand pile. When people run out of that sand, officers will return to refill the buckets.

Wilcox said the department knows of several residents who “have limited ability to physically get to” the public sand pile.

For more information, call the Wilton Police Department at 645-4222. Wilcox said a limited number of buckets are available.