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      Why does this Girl Scout need tube socks?

      Two summers ago, Kayton Gagnon of Bark River visited Bay Cliff with her mom.

      Every summer, children, some who have disabilities, attend the camp. They wear braces, and underneath them to protect their skin, they wear tube socks, but there aren't always enough to go around.

      Gagnon spent her spring break hitting the streets, stopping at local businesses and asking for socks. Sheâ??s hoping customers see the donation box and drop off new or gently used tube socks.

      â??I get to pitch my idea to tons of people, and no one has turned me down yet,â?? explained Gagnon. â??So I've been very fortunate in that part."

      The 14 year old is working on the highest Girl Scout award a cadet can earn: a Silver Award. The project requires 50 hours of work. That is the criteria. It has to raise awareness for a cause, and it has to benefit a community that the Girl Scout belongs to.

      Positively in Escanaba didn't just agree to display the sock donation box. Officials also agreed to make it their monthly charity. They sell a bag for seven dollars, and five dollars of that will go towards buying tube socks.

      All clothing items, including socks, are donated to Bay Cliff. If there aren't enough pairs to go around, some kids get sores on their legs from the braces. So far, Gagnon has dropped off sock boxes at businesses in Delta and Marquette Counties.

      On April 6, from 10 a.m. to noon, you can drop off cans at Elmerâ??s County Market. A can drive will be held at Walmart on April 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Money collected from the cans will be used to buy socks.

      For donations of $50 or less, please make checks payable to Troop 5266. You can mail them to: 1411 8th Road, Bark River, MI 49807, or you can contact Kayton directly at (906) 466-2186.