UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Lab And VET4U are hosting Operation Helping Hands, an effort to collect items for the Dudley House Veterans Transitional Housing Program in Plainfield.  The effort will also help YMCA Veterans.

Items needed include: towels, toiletries, laundry detergent, paper products, socks, undergarments, and Uber gift cards.

Drop-off locations include Pinho's Bakery, 1027 Chestnut St. in Roselle, Craven BBQ, 22 Eastman St. in Cranford; Pennoni, 24 Commerce St., Suite 300 in Newark; and The Cham Group, 145 Maplewood Ave. in Maplewood. The deadline for donations is Dec. 18.

For more information, contact Janna Williams from VET4U at 908-590-3869.