Schitt’s Creek fans have given star Dan Levy a very special reason to celebrate his birthday this year.
Die-hard viewers of the beloved Canadian sitcom raised some $20,000 for Ontario’s LGBT Youth Line peer support group via an online fundraiser launched in honor of Levy’s birthday this past Friday, August 9, The Huffington Post Canada reports.
Bea Edwards, the fundraiser’s lead organizer and a self-professed Schitt’s Creek stan, told the outlet that she started the campaign as a way of thanking Levy for the impact he made on the LGBTQ community:
The last day of filming of the last season of the show, we were all like, “This is sad but it’s happy. What can we do to give something back to this cast and especially to Dan to show them how much they’d given to us?” And so we talked a little bit about his birthday… and I was like, “Listen, messages are awesome and great, we should do those, but what if we actually gave back to an organization that he really cares about?”
THANK YOU. ❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/LPUfV9QpAx
— dan levy (@danjlevy) August 10, 2019
The out actor, who turned 36 last week, tweeted out his thanks to Schitt’s Creek lovers for supporting a cause so near and dear to his heart.
“You are changing lives, you are saving lives, and you are helping young people in crisis,” Levy told his followers in a video. “This was a birthday present I could have never imagined, and it will go down as one of the greatest gifts I have ever been given. I can’t thank you enough for your empathy and your generosity.”
The team behind LGBT Youth Line also took to social media to thank donors, some of which included Levy’s castmates.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY @danjlevy!
Check out this super cute video we made for @instadanjlevy and the fans of @SchittsCreek in honour of his birthday! Its not too late to join other fans and make a donation here: https://t.co/gfQ0nuWNMX pic.twitter.com/VXsh96IRQL
— LGBT YouthLine (@LGBTYouthLine) August 9, 2019
It’s the latest in a series of recent major moments for Levy. The Canadian actor—who stars in the GLAAD Award–nominated series as David Rose alongside his father Eugene Levy, a.k.a. Johnny Rose—announced earlier this year that the show was renewed for its sixth and final season. He’s also been praised for his portrayal of David, a pansexual character in a relationship with another man, Patrick (Noah Reid).
Season 6 of Schitt’s Creek is slated to premiere in 2020 in Canada and in the U.S.