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Little Hokie(tm) Hand-me-Down

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A Virginia Tech tradition, the Little Hokie™ Hand-Me-Down event brings together faculty, staff, and students who either wish to give away or to receive gently used goods for their babies and children.

The 2020 event was a success thanks to our volunteers, our selfless donors, and the planners. Better yet, a truckload of remaining items was brought to the Montgomery County Emergency Relief and other community organizations to help families in need. Thank you to all!

Held annually in November, the Little Hokie™ Hand-Me-Down is hosted in the Multipurpose Room of the Graduate Life Center. The Graduate SchoolGraduate Student Assembly, and Women’s Center at Virginia Tech sponsor the Hand-Me-Down, and members of the university and Blacksburg communities make the event possible, donating gently used or new items for families.

2020 Collection dates: October 12 through November 6, at the Women's Center at 206 Washington Street, SW, Blacksburg. See list below for the items we are asking for. We ask that any donations be completely boxed or contained in plastic bags.

2020 Distribution dates: Graduate Students only November 11th from 10am to 6pm. Pre-registration is preferred; walk-in availability will be limited. Graduate Students and Staff November 12th from 10am to 2pm. Walk-ins with limited capacity. Items will be available for selection in the Graduate Life Center Multi-Purpose Room. 

Each year, we accept:

  • 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.
  • Diapers.

Day one of distribution, from 10am until 6pm, graduate students are welcome to shop at the Little Hokie™ Hand-Me-Down. Each shopper receives a bag and can fill it with as many items as they need. They also may choose from a selection of the larger items. Everything is free.

Day two of distribution, from 10am until 2pm, we will welcome both graduate students and University staff members may shop. Everything is free.

Any leftover items will be donated to charitable organizations in the area.

Watch this website page, our Facebook page, our Twitter account, and the weekly Graduate School listserv email for further updates.

Example Volunteer opportunities: accept, examine, and sort incoming donations, organize displays of offerings for customers, welcome and support customers, tear down at the end of the event.

Questions? Please email the Director of Events from your VT email address.

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Collection Dates, 2021 (tentative):

October 10 through November 4

Distribution Dates, 2021 (tentative):

November 10, 10am-6pm, Graduate Students Only; pre-registration preferred; limited walk-in availability

November 11, 10am-2pm, Graduate Students and University Staff both welcome; walk-in with limited capacity