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El Paso students host concert and supply drive to benefit Houston and Mexico

Students organize concert and supply...

EL PASO, T.X. - El Paso students hosted a supply drive downtown Sunday to benefit Houston and Mexico, inviting the local community to donate items for those in need.

The event, called "El Paso Together for Houston" started at 6 p.m. in San Jacinto Plaza and ended at 11 p.m.

UTEP student Maria Fuentes had the original idea for the supply drive after watching the devastation from the Houston floods on television.

"It doesn't matter where you're from," Fuentes said. "The thing is to get together as humanity and help each other."

Fuentes said she originally planned the event provide assistance to victims of the Houston flooding, but after Mexico's devastating earthquake, the group decided to gather items to send south as well.

"People from around the world are able to get together and bring help toward those in need," Fuentes said.

The student governments at El Paso Community College and UTEP joined UTEP students for public health as well as local high school students.

"We never know when disaster's going to happen here in El Paso," said Abner Moreno, a UTEP student who lived in Houston over the summer.

Moreno said he was able to evacuate before witnessing the deadly flooding.

"(We need to) extend our hand to other communities are suffering right now," Moreno said.

Several local bands played, including FrenZi, San Ligre, Condor, Say Verse and Speak no Evil. 

The groups gathered for water bottles, toiletries, baby food, pillows, blankets, first aid supplies and pet food.

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