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Morning Buzz: December 24

Posted at 10:16 AM, Dec 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-24 10:16:21-05

1. Little ones in the hospital for the holidays is heartbreaking. But kids at Bronson Children's Hospital in Kalamazoo got a visit from Santa this year using the latest technology.

The hospital used its new robot allowing Santa and Mrs. Clause to go room to room and visit the patients virtually. The robot is on wheels with an iPad attached to the top.

The Bronson Health Foundation provided the robot's funding for remote learning, but the children's hospital staff has found other uses for the technology.

2. Russo's Pizzeria Bar and Grille partnered with Camping World to help feed those in need at Heartside Ministries.

100 meals were dropped off. Despite being severely impacted by the pandemic, the owner of the restaurant says he's eager to help.

Around 30 more meals are planned for drop off next month as well.

3. More than 20 families are getting ready to move to south-west Michigan thanks to a new program.

20 out-of-state, remote workers selected by Cornerstone Alliance, a Berrien County economic development agency, for its Move to Michigan program.

The initiative started in October and offers remote workers more than $15,000 in incentives to make the move. There's a two-year minimum stay requirement.

Cornerstone says the idea will help increase population and estimates it will bring $1.38 million in new spending to the region.

4. It might seem like a story out of Spaceballs, but you really can buy bottled air.

relocation website "My Baggage" is selling what they call "Authentic Air" from England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

It's a special gift for homesick residents who can't go home to the U.K. because of COVID travel restrictions.

The 500-milliliter bottle is about $33. It comes with a cork stopper so you can open it whenever you need a whiff of fresh air.

The company also takes special requests from specific U.K. locations.