#BettyWhiteChallenge floods internet as 100th anniversary of late icon approaches – Barrier Star Journal

A few days after her death, images spread of Betty White hugging puppies over the internet as the #BettyWhiteChallenge firmly holds on.

White died December 31, just over two weeks shy of her 100th birthday. The actress has been a television focal point for more than 60 years and condolences were pouring out across social media platforms when 2021 closed.

Now, heartwarming memes fill the same pages with a promise – on White’s birthday, January 17, choose a local animal rescue and donate $ 5 in their name.

In her 2011 book, If You Ask Me (and Of course You Do Not), White explained the origins of her love for dogs. During the Depression, her father made radios to sell to make extra money. But because poor people had money to buy the radios, he gladly exchanged them for dogs, which, housed in kennels in the backyard, were sometimes as young as 15 and made White’s happy childhood even happier.

For most of her life, White supported animal causes such as the Morris Animal Foundation and the Los Angeles Zoo.

“Her work with the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association spans more than five decades, and we are grateful for her lasting friendship, lifelong advocacy for animals, and unwavering dedication to supporting our mission,” said Tom Jacobson, President of the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association, the non-profit partner of the Los Angeles Zoo, said in a statement.

Her involvement in the zoo began with its opening in 1966, and she officially joined the board of trustees in 1974. She became chairman of the board in 2010.

“She deeply cared for all living beings – including us. Her loss leaves a huge hole in our hearts,” Zoo CEO and CEO Denise M. Verret said in a statement.

– With Associated Press files

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