Cash mob shoppers needed to purchase school supplies

July 24, 2012

By David Hayes

The Issaquah Chamber of Commerce is directing its next cash mob efforts to help needy students within the Issaquah School District acquire school supplies.

The fourth chamber-sponsored cash mob, this time supporting the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank’s Tools for Schools program, is Aug. 2 at Office Depot.

If you go

Issaquah Chamber of Commerce Cash Mob

  • 4-7 p.m. Aug. 2
  • Office Depot
  • 1810 12th Ave. N.W.
  • Sign up for the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank’s Tools for Schools at Learn more about the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce’s cash mobs at

“The basic idea is to get as many people together shopping in a group, creating an energy, supporting a cause, to infuse collective cash into a local business,” said Nate Perea, chamber director of member development.

Previously, the cash mobs have brought between 50 and 100 shoppers to Issaquah businesses Lucky You, Sisters Antiques and Fischer Meats. Perea said mobs of shoppers brought in more than $3,000 to Lucky You, more than $2,000 to Fischer and extended exposure on television to Sisters.

This time, the hope is to fill 1,000 backpacks with supplies purchased by shoppers.

“We’ve been slow to get support so far this year for the Tools for Schools program,” said Cori Kauk, executive director at the food and clothing bank.

She’s hoping to replicate past cash mob success. The Tools for Schools program, she added, is designed for about 1,200 students signed up for the district’s free and reduced-price lunches.

“We felt filling 1,000 backpacks would fill a huge need for those living in our area,” she said.

To qualify for a free backpack, needy families living within the Issaquah School District must sign up by July 31. Those who are in need, but live outside district boundaries, can call Kauk at 392-4123 and she’ll connect them with similar programs in surrounding communities.

“I think this is a really effective way to get the schools supplies they need,” Kauk said. “Plus, it’s a creative way for the community to get together, create some energy and start the school year on a positive note.”

David Hayes:, 392-6434, ext. 237. Comment at

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