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Morning Buzz: November 24
Posted at 11:24 AM, Nov 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-24 11:24:58-05

1. The city of Grand Rapids installed their annual Christmas tree at Rosa Parks Circle.

The tree is a 40-foot Fir tree from Manton, Michigan, about 110 miles away from Grand Rapids.

The tree is donated annually by Charlie Secchia and Family.

The lighting will look a bit different this year, with the public being asked to watch it on the city of Grand Rapids Facebook and other social media pages.

2. While COVID-19 has made large community meals impossible this year, Guiding Light is still providing a holiday meal to those in need.

They've already handed out nearly 200 turkeys to people in need across the Grand Rapids area. Now they're preparing to work with a catering company and hand out meals to the homeless for Thanksgiving.

Those meals will be handed out on Thanksgiving Day from 1-4 p.m. at Heartside Park in Grand Rapids.

3. Volunteers with the Muskegon Rescue Mission are handing out Thanksgiving baskets to those in need. They handed out baskets from 7-10:30 this morning at the men's shelter on Laketon Avenue.

The baskets are filled with everything you need to make a Thanksgiving dinner and dessert.

Only one person per family is allowed to grab one.

The organization handed out 800 baskets last year, but they expect to hand out even more this time around.

4. Thanksgiving wouldn't be the same without the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, even if it's going to look different this year.

While there won't be any crowds gathered along the sidewalk, there will be some new balloons including "The Boss Baby" and the superhero "Red Titan" from the YouTube show, "Ryan's World."

New floats like Christmas in Town Square" from the Lifetime cable channel, will also make an appearance.

Another big change is the parade route. It will be much shorter, starting only blocks from Macy's in Manhattan's Herald Square.

5. A brewery in Colorado is going to distribute mini kegs of their fan-favorite Christmas ale using reindeer this holiday season.

The Breckenridge Brewery will make five of these deliveries in Denver and five in Cascade.

Folks can feed and pet the reindeer but must follow mask and social distancing guidelines when the delivery arrives.