Betty White’s Birthday Video Thanks Fans for Their Love and Support

FILE – Actress Betty White (R) and Uggie the dog attend the Friars Club Salute To Betty White at Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers on May 16, 2012 in New York City.

Weeks after her tragic passing, Betty White had one last message to share with her fans around the world on what would have been her 100th birthday.

In the video, White is seen sitting in a chair wearing a bright green patterned blazer and matching blouse thanking her fans for their love and support.

“I just want to thank you all for your love and support over the years. Thank you so much and stick around,” White said.

Kiersten Mikelas, White’s assistant, still manages the late Golden Girl’s Instagram account and shared the video, which was due to be posted on January 17 but was shared on January 21, with fans to show her appreciation for the outpouring. of support sent to humanitarian societies across the country through the #BettyWhiteChallenge.

“Hello! As we continue to see numbers pour in from all over the world, it’s absolutely amazing how much money you’ve all raised for animals through #thebettywhitechallenge,” reads Instagram.

“She could never have imagined such an outpouring of love and would have been so grateful to everyone. When we recorded her special message to the fans who attended the film, we also recorded one that we had planned to posting on social media on her birthday. She was taking the opportunity of her 100th birthday to celebrate you – her fans. She knew how lucky she was; she felt the love and she didn’t. never taken for granted. I think it’s fitting today to post a thank you message from Betty and the animals,” the post concludes.

The #BettyWhiteChallenge asked fans to choose a humane society, local shelter or animal sanctuary in White’s memory and donate $5 in her name on January 17 – her birthday.

White was a strong animal rights advocate.

The ‘Golden Girls’ star wrote in her 2012 book, ‘Betty & Friends: My Zoo Life,’ that she fell in love with animals at a young age after accompanying her parents to zoos.

“I am a confirmed zoophile, and I particularly appreciate the positive changes that have taken place in the whole zoo community over the past decades, and the critical role they play today in the perpetuation of species. endangered,” White wrote.

White began working with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles as early as the 1940s when she was in her twenties and continued to advocate for animal rights until her death. White has been involved with the Morris Animal Foundation for 50 years, serving in various roles as a trustee, chairman of the board and spokesperson.

Since the challenge began, animal shelters such as the Best Friends Animal Society and the ASPCA have raised hundreds and thousands of dollars.

“Reflecting Betty White’s lifelong commitment to helping vulnerable animals, the #BettyWhiteChallenge is making a huge difference for shelters and rescue groups serving their communities while overcoming the ongoing challenges posed by the COVID pandemic. -19 We are working with Uber to distribute $50,000 in critical grant funding to local animal welfare organizations and encourage people to support their community shelters and rescues through donations, promotion and adoption.These acts of compassion not only honor Betty’s legacy, but extend it to help even more vulnerable dogs and cats find safe and loving homes,” according to a statement from the ASPCA.

The Best Friends Animal Society has raised $340,000 since the challenge began, according to a spokesperson.

The Morris Animal Foundation received $115,946 in donations and 3,081 gifts on January 17 alone, a spokesperson for the foundation told FOX television stations.

“Overall, we’ve seen an incredible outpouring of fan support for Betty White – they truly honor her legacy. Since Betty’s passing on December 31, we’ve now received, in total, over 230,000 $ in donations from nearly 6,000 new donors. We still have gifts coming in as many wanted to mail their gifts, so that number is growing,” the spokesperson added.

Additionally, country singer Trisha Yearwood and others felt it was a fitting way to honor White after his death.

The singer, author and wife of Garth Brooks hosted a fundraiser on TalkShopLive on January 17.

When the approximately 18-minute live stream was said and finished, Yearwood revealed on Twitter that approximately $30,000 had been raised for pet rescue organization Dottie’s Yard.

FOX News and Stephanie Weaver contributed to this report.