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Morning Buzz: December 2, 2020
Posted at 10:36 AM, Dec 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-02 10:36:36-05

1. Herbrucks Poultry Ranch is hoping to spread some holiday cheer to kids in Ionia County, and they need your help doing it.

Through December 15, they're collecting toys and donations from both employees and the public to sponsor families who may need a little help for Christmas. So far they've collected 12 toy bins.

They have several drop off points, including the main one off Grand River Drive in Saranac.

For more information head to herbrucks.com.

2. Now through 2021 marks the final phase of the Park Improvement Project in Grand Rapids.

Voters approved the seven-year millage back in 2013. By the end of next year, the millage will have provided almost $23 million to make upgrades to 83 parks across Grand Rapids, 75 of which are city-owned.

About $17 million was provided by supplemental funding.

To see some of the improvements that were made, just click here.

3. Starbucks is showing their appreciation for health care workers and first responders by offering a free tall brewed coffee throughout the month of December.

Starbucks says the list of those eligible for the freebie includes hospital staff, first responders, dentists, mental health care workers, active-duty military, and public health care workers. All you have to do is show an ID.

4. Amazon is reporting record-breaking sales over the holiday shopping season so far. The company said this year's holiday shopping season has been its largest.

They say small and medium-sized businesses that use the platform took in nearly $5 billion between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, a 60 percent jump from last year.

Top-selling items this year include Barack Obama's new memoir, the new Echo-Dot, and the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer Bruch.

Adobe Analytics is also reporting record-level online spending.

The firm says sales grew 22 percent for the period between Thanksgiving Day and Cyber Monday.

5. Santa Claus is coming to an Australian town in waves.

150 people donned Santa suits and hopped on jet skis, riding along Australia's Gold Coast for a children's charity.

Some of the jet ski's were even decorated to look like sleighs.

They all took to the waters to raise money for children in residential care and attempted to break a previous record of 129 jet skis in a Santa Parade held in 2014.