Pierce's video, which features an ugly scuffle with family, quickly went viral, and the teen received widespread support. While some of it was emotional — from friends and strangers alike — Pierce also received, by one count, upward of $100,000 to help with his living costs.
According to an Atlanta news station, Pierce has used some of that money for an even greater cause — to help set up a homeless center for gay teens.
Lost-N-Found Youth is an organization that serves as a safe haven for Atlanta-area LGBT youth. According to its site, the organization has been "working closely" with Pierce and is currently serving as his media liaison. CBS46 reports that Lost-N-Found has planned to convert an old building into a homeless shelter for LGBT youth, and they are being greatly helped along by $10,000 in diverted donations from Pierce.
"Daniel is an incredibly bright and courageous young man," executive director Rick Westbrook told CBS46. "He is the epitome of who Lost-N-Found is here to serve." They say Pierce has also asked friends and allies to stop donating to his personal fund and donate directly to Lost-N-Found instead.
With money still coming in, the center is expected to open in the spring of 2015.
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