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Morning Buzz: Wednesday, December 16
Posted at 10:20 AM, Dec 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-16 10:20:38-05

1. An area gym is giving back to help hundreds of kids this Christmas. The Big Give, hosted by Fit Body Bootcamp, has been serving children in West Michigan since 2013, and organizers say they wouldn't let the pandemic stop the season of giving.

Last year, they were able to raise over $150,000 helping spread Christmas cheer to over 700 kids.

Fitness coaches, now putting their bodies on the line to meet that same goal, while overcoming some of life's biggest obstacles.

Organizers say they're already raising money for next year.

2. The CEO of Kids' Food Basket, now serving on the Michigan Community Service Commission.

Bridget Clark Whitney began her role last month after an appointment by Governor Whitmer and will
serve on the commission through September of 2023.

The commission, which represents areas like business, public safety, environment, and Native American tribes is made up of nine Michiganders who focus on volunteerism to strengthen communities.

3. An 8-year-old girl is dropping off books and blankets to the NICU at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital this week.

Brynnley began collecting supplies after asking her mom if Santa visits children in the NICU.

She was a NICU baby herself, born just at 26 weeks. She spent more than four months at Helen DeVos.

To give back, she's collected more than 140 blankets, which will be used as sheets in the isolettes for babies, along with about 325 books.

4. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is rolling out a new initiative. The program is utilizing $10 million in CARES Act funding to support small businesses across the state.

Applicants can receive up to a $15,000 grant, as long as they meet certain eligibility requirements.

Applications will be reviewed on a first-in basis, small businesses grantees will be notified in early January, and grand funds will be given out a few weeks later.

5. Do you want to build a snowman? Play with these adorable rock snowmen that won't melt away.

Rock painting is a great activity for kids of almost all ages.

All you need are smooth, round rocks of various sizes, acrylic paint, and a set of paintbrushes.

If rocks are in short supply, you can always drop by Home Depot to pick up a bag.

Once you paint them white, how the snowmen turn out is entirely up to your imagination.