Betty White Challenge boosts local animal shelter

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By HEATHER RUPPE &

VICKI BROWN

The local Colleton County Animal Shelter saw a boost in donations last week when Colleton businesses and residents honored the former actress Betty White, who died on December 31, 2021

White was a lifelong supporter of animal rights. A nationwide plea called the “Betty White Challenge” asked for donations to be made in her name to local animal shelters prompted the local increase in money coming to the county shelter.

According to FoCCAS President Jeannette Neal, the Colleton County Animal Shelter received $3,500 in donations last week as part of this challenge.

“We are so grateful to all who donated in memory of Betty White. This money will be used to help the animals in need in Colleton County," said Neal.

The largest donor was Colleton Medical Center. The local hospital donated $470 to the Colleton County Animal Shelter. In addition to the money, hospital staff members also donated blankets, cat food, box tops for litter boxes and cleaning supplies.

“At Colleton Medical Center, we live by our motto of ‘Care Like Family’ and seek every opportunity to care for our community, including our fur friends,” said Colleton Medical Center CEO Jimmy Hiott. “I’m humbled that in the midst of a pandemic, our team pulled together to support our local shelter.”

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