Betty White Challenge Boosts Humane Society Donations | Local News

The death of comedian, actress and beloved animal lover Betty White just weeks before her 100th birthday sparked a nationwide influx of donations to animal shelters in her honor.

This tribute has also been attested by the Lawrence County Human Society.

Margie Seelbaugh, director of the shelter, said the society has received more than $5,200 in donations so far, via PayPal, Facebook and by mail.

Seelbaugh said he received financial contributions and people donated items and supplies.

“The outpouring has been phenomenal,” Seelbaugh said. “People young and old have taken up the challenge.

She noted that the Shenango fifth-grade girls’ basketball team accepted the challenge and came with food, trash, toys and other needed items. The company is still accepting donations.

“The Betty White Challenge isn’t over, so it’s not too late to remember her, honor her and help our animals here in New Castle,” she said.

Another fundraising event coming May 1 is the seventh annual “Homeless to Home” event at the Cascade Park Carousel. There, they expect to draw more than 200 baskets.

There will also be food, vendors, a bake sale, a disc jockey and other attractions. The public is invited to donate baskets, baked goods and pet supplies for the event. Proceeds will go towards supporting the medical needs of these animals at the shelter.

“We don’t just neuter and neuter,” Seelbaugh said. “A lot of times we get animals with broken bones and other injuries that we need to get treated. It all costs money and this event helps defray those costs.”

For more information, contact the Lawrence County Humane Society at 628 Pearson Mill Road or by phone at (724) 654-8520.

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