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2016 has hardened us all. At this point, we're not relaxing until the clock officially strikes twelve on New Year's Eve, as clearly bad things could happen up until the last minute. On Tuesday, we lost Carrie Fisher, an actor, writer and outspoken mental health activist who gave young girls role models long before Disney princesses were something to aspire to. Naturally, people started thinking about other treasured celebrities who are older or in a fragile state, namely: Betty White.

One guy went so far as to start a fundraiser titled "Help protect Betty White from 2016." The fundraiser's creator, Demetrios Hrysikos, has a "joke" goal of raising $2,000 to "help 2016 catch these hands if it goes anywhere near Betty White!" Hrysikos wrote, "if she's okay with it I will fly to where ever Betty White is and keep her safe till Jan 1, 2017." But the campaign is actually all about raising money for the arts. All proceeds will in fact go to a local theater, Spartanburg Little Theater. Here's how Hrysikos said he got the idea:

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"2016 has taken so many great artists and SLT helps support and nurture new budding talent in our town. I'd like to think that Betty , Carrie, and Bowie would be happy with any proceeds going to that cause , which I assure you it WILL! This has been unexpected but let's make it a good thing ! We need new artists to carry the mantel of all the great ones we lost this year so keep sharing and donating to ensure a better 2017 for the arts."

He's right. And it's a great idea to put aside our sentimentality and the prevailing feeling that everything we love is being slowly taken from us, when actually we are creating new things to love and appreciate all the time. That's the beauty of humanity, baby. It just keeps going. That being said, people are still really protective of Betty White. Hrysikos apparently tapped into the zeitgeist of late 2016, and now everyone on Twitter is getting really nervous about keeping White safe from the cruelty of 2016. Here's what they're saying about everyone's favorite Golden Girl:

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Sources: KETV