For David Rose's birthday, the Schitt's Creek character would probably want a few designer sweaters or maybe some alone time with his new fiance. But the man who plays him, Dan Levy, had a slightly different request for birthday gifts, thanking his fans for raising money in his name for a very good cause.
In an Instagram video, Levy gushed over the money his fans raised for Ontario's LGBT Youth Line. "You are changing lives, you are saving lives and you are helping young people in crisis," he said on Saturday.
"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, and I can't thank you enough for your empathy and your generosity."
While the goal for the fundraiser was $500, fans have raised over $20,000. Bea Edwards, who organized the crowdfunding campaign, said fans had left "heartwarming and lovely" messages along with their donations. "People that watch the show take the show and its message to heart... Dan has said kindness always wins... This is people living that value in action," she told HuffPost Canada.
Levy recently wrapped the final season of Schitt's Creek, and earlier this year he told Out that being "able to decide when we want to end it, it's a rare opportunity and obviously I'm going to be a blubbering mess when it all ends because I love these people so, so much...I think we've done the show justice and I hope we're going to make some episodes that the fans will really love. Hopefully."