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Morning Buzz: 5 things to know for January 8

Posted at 10:31 AM, Jan 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-08 10:31:46-05

1. They share the same passion, so Heartside and Mel Trotter Ministries agreed to a two-year partnership.

Both sides are hoping the merger will cut down on costs and better utilize donor funds.

This won't affect any current jobs or services they offer. They're both keeping their names and current locations.

The ministries say it'll likely take most of the year to figure out the best way to combine all of their services.

2. Versiti Blood Center of Michigan says Michigan's blood supply is currently at less than half-day's supply.

Ideally, Versiti has from 3-5 days of blood donations available for the nearly 70 partner hospitals it supplies. All blood types are needed, especially O-Negative and O-Positive.

Hours have been extended this week at many Versiti Donor Centers in Michigan to give residents more options to donate.

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3. Baseball Hall of Famer and former Detroit Tiger Jack Morris is helping the Whitecaps raise money for a good cause. Morris is the keynote speaker for the team's Step Up To The Plate fundraiser.

Morris pitched 17 season,s and was the Winningest Pitcher in the 80s. He now works with Fox Sports Detroit as the color commentator for the Tigers.

The fundraiser is January 23 at Frederik Meijer Gardens. Single tickets cost $90 and are on sale now.

Money raised will benefit the YMCA Inner City Youth Baseball and Softball League, and the Detroit Tigers Foundation.

4. Calling all cookie fans! The Girl Scouts are back for cookie season, and this time they're expanding their line of sweet treats with Lemon-Up Cookies.

These crispy bites are packed with bold lemon flavor and a new twist, featuring inspirational messages on each one.

Girl Scout officials say every cookie order helps a young girl learn about money management and how to run a business.

5. The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile is looking for new drivers!

In addition to getting behind the wheel of the tastiest car on the road, hot doggers will also e tasked with making appearances at grocery stores, charity functions, or on radio and TV broadcasts.

The position lasts 12 months and offers a competitive salary, benefits and free Oscar Mayer apparel.

Applications are open until January 31.