WICHITA FALLS, TX (TNN) -A group of Hirschi High School students held their first community event at Bridwell Park in Wichita Falls Saturday afternoon.
The organization is called D-UP which stands for Diversity, Unity, and Peace.
“Living here and seeing all the separation kind of really sparked it. Then we a couple of people that influenced me passed away that caused a spark that I go to do it and right now cause you don’t know how much time you have left,” said Eugene.
That spark led to the groups leader Isaiah Eugene to plan for months and reach out to community leaders for help.
Saturday marked the groups’ first event.
“What we are trying to do is get all the communities in the city to come together despite the differences like race and religion and financial issues and all that,” said Eugene.
The hundreds that came out got more than they expected with a bike raffle, face-painting, and BBQ Competition.
Most importantly an opportunity to support a young man with a vision of a community that is more inclusive in Wichita Falls.
“He does a lot for the community. So I wanted to help him out any way I could. A great young man doing stuff out here and I’m more than happy to help,” said Trayvon Norman, a church member.
Eugene says he could not have done it without a numbers people.
“My staff came out and donated some money a few days ago it was unexpected. The lady I was just talking to gave a few dollars. The National Guard is going to help. The military, some deacons at the church. My church in particular Life Tabernacle they gave a few dollars. I’m actually really thankful for them,” said Eugene.
The groups said all money received would go right back into the organization so they can continue to have events like this and keep them free to the public.