image of a baby Hokiebird (Little Hokie) and the text: Little Hokie Hand-me-down

The Little Hokie Hand-Me-Down event is back for its fifth year at Virginia Tech's Blacksburg campus. Students and staff members with families are welcome to visit the event at the Graduate Life Center's Multipurpose Room and "shop" for children's clothing and other items they may need for their children on November 14 and 15. (See below for times and other details) The Women's Center, Graduate Student Assembly, and the Graduate School are co-sponsors of this family-focused event.

DONATIONS

All items are donated by members of the university and Blacksburg community. Families who wish to contribute clothes and other children’s items may do so November 1-13. Bring your gently used or new items to the Women’s Center (206 Washington St.) or the front desk of the Graduate School (155 Otey St.) between 9 a.m. - 3p.m. during that time and drop them off. 

Organizers are looking for the following:

  • Gently used clothing (baby, children's, and maternity)
  • Toys (including music and DVDs) Books
  • Formula (that is not expired)
  • Medical supplies (breast pumps, other lactation devices)
  • Strollers, car seats, high chairs
  • School supplies
  • Bedding (for cribs and moms!)
  • Bathing and grooming supplies (bathers, unopened/unused creams, lotions, powders)
  • Feeding supplies (bibs, baby bottles, food warmers)
  • Baby gear (activity gyms, bassinets, play mats, baby carriers, swings)
  • Diapers

 

Clean, gently used donated children's close line tables at the Little Hokie Hand-me-down

Items at Little Hokie Hand-me-down
Clean, gently used donated children's close line tables at the Little Hokie Hand-me-down

"SHOPPING" DAYS

The Hand-Me-Down is scheduled for November 14 and 15. Students are welcome to come to the Graduate Life Center, 155 Otey Street, and “shop” for what they need on Tuesday, November 14, noon-6 p.m. They may fill one shopping bag, which they receive at the door, with items they choose, in addition choosing from a selection of larger items, such as carseats, strollers, play sets, and more. Everything is free.  

Staff members may “shop” on Wednesday, November 15, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. 

Anything leftover from the Hand-Me-Down will be donated to charitable organizations in the area.  

Questions? Please email Jessie Meltsner at jmelts@exchange.vt.edu

Parents choose donated items for their children at the Little Hokie Hand-me-down event

Parents at the Little Hokie Hand-me-down event
Parents choose donated items for their children at the Little Hokie Hand-me-down event

Here's what students and others say about the event:

"Little Hokie Hand-Me-Down has been wonderful for our family.  Needless to say, supporting a family with a graduate student stipend is challenging, and we've been able to find a much-needed diaper bag, clothes, and Christmas gifts for our kids in the previous years.  It has also been a good way of giving what we don't need anymore to someone else in our situation. We'll definitely be there this year!" ~ Micah Fry, student

"I love this program.  It wasn’t so very long ago that I was a Virginia Tech doctoral student juggling the responsibilities of graduate school and parenting a small child, so I know the experience very well.  And when I was in that situation I was on the receiving end of so much support and encouragement from friends and peers at this university.  So for me this just feels like paying it forward.  It feels good to offer support and encouragement to my fellow Hokies, even in simple ways like giving to Little Hokies Hand me Down."

~ Anna Lomascolo, co-director, The Women's Center