The Roses are giving back! The Schitt's Creek cast started a GoFundMe page to raise money for food banks in Canada and the US. They're already over halfway to their goal!
Co-creator and star Dan Levy announced on Twitter yesterday that he's teaming up with his castmates to help feed people in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the Schitt's Creek Gives Back GoFundMe page, they have a $100,000 donation goal. After launching just 20 hours ago, donations are already at over $56,000.
"The coronavirus pandemic has impacted us all. During this unprecedented crisis, so many are focused on family, health, and security, while many of our neighbours are worrying about their family's meals," the GoFundMe page states.
"The cast of Schitt's Creek wants to help show our neighbours the same kind of generosity and goodwill that our fans have shown us over the last six years. So over the next week, we're hoping to spread some joy while raising as much as possible for two organizations that have long been dedicated to helping those in need: Food Banks Canada and Feeding America."
The GoFundMe page also explains that for the next week, a different cast member will go on live on their Instagram account at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET. Their goal is to offer "some brief entertainment and practicing social distancing while raising funds for these two worthy organizations."
Levy kicked off the fundraiser yesterday. In a video message announcing the donation drive, he shared, "It's a really tough time right now, people are losing their jobs, people are scared. And we want to make sure that people who have some food insecurities are being fed because that's very important."
He continued, "So what we're going to do is a series of Instagram Live events every day this week with the hopes that you will tune in and donate if you can, as little or as much as you want. I know it's a tough time so if you can't donate, feel free to join in. And we'll keep each other company for half an hour a day."
Levy's co-star Emily Hampshire also joined in on the live stream parties with the weekly talk show Humpday With Hampshire, which will stream episodes every Wednesday starting on April 1. She teamed up with the Actors Fund and episodes will air on their YouTube channel.
She announced that guests virtually tuning in for her first episode will include Sophia Bush, Bobby Berk, Adam Rippon, and Schitt's Creek co-star Annie Murphy.
The beloved CBC comedy will reach its end next week with the series finale episode. The first of the two-part ending premiered last night and took viewers on quite the emotional ride.
We'll also get one last hurrah with a documentary following the final episode. As well as a Farewell Tour scheduled to begin in May, though it's unclear whether that will go as planned due to the pandemic.
Grab your tissues for the series finale of Schitt's Creek on April 7 at 8 p.m. on CBC.