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Little Hokie Hand-me-down

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The Little Hokie Hand-Me-Down event is back for its eighth year at Virginia Tech's Blacksburg campus. Graduate students and staff members with families are welcome to visit the event at the Owens Ballroom (in Owens Hall) and "shop" for children's clothing and other items they may need for their children on Tuesday, November 9, 12-5 p.m. (graduate students only), and on Wednesday, November 10, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. (graduate students and staff). The Women's Center, Graduate and Professional Student Senate, and the Graduate School are co-sponsors of this family-focused event.

Due to public health guidelines, capacity in the ballroom is limited. Please remember also to wear a mask.


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 October 11-November 8. Bring your gently used or new items to the Women’s Center, 206 Washington St. We ask that all donated items be completely boxed or contained in plastic bags.

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

We will provide more information as it is available. You also can check the Women's Center's website for additional details as we get closer to the event. 

(Post updated October 7, 2021)

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


The Hand-Me-Down is scheduled for November 9 and 10. Students are welcome to come to Owens Banquet Hall and “shop” for what they need on November 9, noon-5 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 and students may “shop” on November 10, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 

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

Questions? Please email Jessie Meltsner at

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