Little Hokie Hand-Me-Down organizers seek donations


The 7th annual Little Hokie Hand-Me-Down event returns on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 18 and 19, in the multipurpose room of the Graduate Life Center, 155 Otey St. Event organizers are accepting donations for the event at the Women’s Center, 206 Washington St., from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., or at the Welcome Center of the Graduate Life Center, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The event, sponsored by the Graduate School, Graduate Student Assembly and Women’s Center at Virginia Tech, offers university students and staff members with children the opportunity to “shop” for a wide range of infant and children’s clothes, accessories and other items they may need, free of charge. Members of the university and Blacksburg communities make the event possible, donating gently used or new items for families.

Virginia Tech students, staff and faculty and members of the surrounding communities are welcome to share their gently used or new items. Event organizers are looking for the following, in particular: gently used clothing in baby and young children’s sizes and maternity clothes; toys and children’s books, including music and DVDs; unexpired formula; medical supplies, such as breast pumps; other lactation devices; strollers, unexpired car seats, high chairs; school supplies; bedding; bathing and grooming supplies, including bathers; unopened and unused creams, lotions, powders; feeding supplies, such as bibs, baby bottles, food warmers; baby gear, such as activity gyms, bassinets, play mats, baby carriers, swings; and diapers.

On Nov. 18, from noon until 5 p.m., graduate students are welcome to shop at the Hand-Me-Down. University staff members may shop on Nov. 19 from 8 a.m. until noon. Each shopper receives a bag and can fill it with as many items as they need. Shoppers also may choose from a selection of the larger items. Everything is free. Any leftover items will be donated to charitable organizations in the area.

For more information about the event, please email Jessie Meltsner at