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Stepping in someone else's shoes

They raised $1,356.75 by collecting pledges from people in their community and friends. This is about double what they raised last year, said Voyer. They will present the money on Dec. 5 on channel 9 during the telethon for the rescue mission. All of the money will go to the Rescue Mission.

Some of the Rescue Mission's projects are feeding the homeless, driving around to take them off the street, providing a place to sleep and thrift stores, said Lisa Santoro, the troop leader for the girls.

While all of the participants were senior scouts in Troop 166, it was not a Girl Scout event, due to Girl Scouts' insurance policy, Santoro said.

"We had helped at the Rescue Mission before and had learned it was a really great organization that helps people get on track," she said.

Santoro said she was very proud of the girls for sticking out the whole night and for collecting money from so many different people. They had to collect $50 to be able to participate and a lot of them had many smaller $5 and under donations.

Socker saw an advantage with just collecting money instead of selling something for the Rescue Mission. "People didn't have to buy anything so there wasn't a fixed price," she said. "People could give whatever they had. One person only had $1.75 in their wallet and gave that."

The girls also tried to get some of their friends to join them for the night but were unsuccessful. "A lot of people gave us money, but weren't up to sleeping outside," said Chrissy Linneneach, 14, and one of the participants.

To advertise the event and promote awareness about the homeless, the group wore I love the Rescue Mission shirts, hung fliers and posters, made a Facebook event, and used word of mouth, they said.

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