UNION COUNTY, NJ -- The Union County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the officers’ Tree of Hope charity, is currently hosting a winter clothing and toy drive that will benefit Union County’s homeless and families in need, Sheriff Joseph Cryan announced this week.

Officers are now collecting new and slightly used winter clothing for all adults and children. Items including shirts, pants, winter coats, scarves, gloves, hats and shoes are needed for the homeless and families in need.

Donation boxes are located at all Union County Courthouse entrances, Union County Administration Building, Union County Prosecutor’s Office, Union County Probation Building, the Union County Division of Social Services in Elizabeth, the Colleen Fraser Building at 300 North Ave. East in Westfield, the Kenilworth Veterans Center and Elizabeth Police Department.

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Donated items are welcome at all locations during normal business hours until Jan. 15, 2016.

Sheriff’s officers will distribute the donated items to Union County’s homeless and families in need on Saturday Jan. 16, 2106 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Union County Courthouse in Elizabeth. For more information please call 908-629-2158.