Local Jeep parade raises awareness about suicide prevention

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On Saturday, several local groups are holding a parade in McGregor in an effort to shine a light on suicide prevention throughout Central Texas.

This McGregor High School parking lot will be packed with hundreds of Jeeps from across the state in hopes to touch the heart of others in crisis.

For the last five years, Julissa West has raised money by herself to give scholarships to graduating seniors at MHS. All in honor of her daughter Destiny Contreras.

“She loved everybody, never met a stranger, very very eccentric, loved art and band,” West said. “She was just a go-getter.”

Her daughter took her life at 17. Now West wants to spread the word about suicide prevention.

“Whether you’re a teenager, whether you’re an adult, at one time in your lifetime you have been in that dark place and I want them to understand that it’s okay to ask for help,” West said.

“We need to start taking care of our kids and the teenagers and let everybody know because this is becoming an issue,” Planet JP member Jason Koch said.

After a friend wanted to do more than just donate, the group “Destiny Matters” was formed.

“Whenever you get Jeeps together and they hear it is for a good cause, nine times out of ten they’re going to come out of the woodwork to see what they can do to help,” Koch said.

Jeep lovers from Dallas to Houston agreed to parade from the high school and 28 miles north of Highway 84 for the cause. The support, holding a much deeper meaning for families like West.

“If we can just all touch someone’s heart, if someone can just listen and if we can change their mind. At least one person, then it was worth it.”

The event will be held at McGregor High School from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. After the parade there will be live music, vendors and raffle prizes.

Proceeds from the event will go to the destiny matters scholarship fund. If you can’t make it out and would like to donate, click here.

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