Post Written by Megan Campbell
Blacksburg, Va.— Locals of all ages gathered at Henderson Lawn on Wednesday evening, Sept. 26 for the monthly Cash Mob and incorporated Blackburg’s Buy, Eat, Live Local Campaign.
The participants, who included a variety of age groups, consisting of young children to seniors, waited patiently until 6:08 p.m. when the Cash Mob details were announced.
At the right time, Laureen Blakemore, Director of Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. announced that the group would be “mobbing” Mish Mish, a local art supply store, and Cafe de Bangkok, a modern Thai cuisine restaurant. After, the group would join in on the fun at the Crooked Road Presentation at Market Square Jam.
Drumroll Please: Laureen Blakemore, Director of Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. shares to the crowd where they will be venturing to that evening. The Cash Mob visited Mish Mish and later ate at Cafe de Bangkok.
Each month, locals meet at a specific location in Downtown Blacksburg, not knowing where they will venture to that evening.
There are only three rules to the Cash Mob. Participants are asked to bring a minimum of $20, meet three new people and have fun.
A unique aspect of Blacksburg’s Cash Mob is that local non-profits are sometimes involved.
This time, the cash mob donated canned food and granola bars to Micah’s Backpack, a non-profit that address children’s hunger issues.
“Micah’s Backpack is Blacksburg’s weekend feeding program for low income kids at the five elementary schools, middle school, high school and two income-based pre-schools,” said Jennie Hodge, Director of Micah’s Backpack. “This is the second time that the Cash Mob has donated to Micah’s Backpack.”
For many locals, the Buy, Eat, Live Campaign is an important aspect to daily life in Blacksburg.
The monthly cash mob incorporates all three parts of the campaign, simply within a few hours of being downtown.
Cash mobbers are given the opportunity to buy at local stores, eat at local restaurants and are able to enjoy and participate in activities where they live, while giving back to the community.
Please join us on Wednesday, October 23 at 6:12pm for the next Cash Mob
Meeting Place : Benches in front of Mike’s Grill
Partnering with the YMCA. Family Friendly event so bring the kids!