Thousands gathered at Reliant for Family Fun Day, better known as Trae Day, hosted by Houston rapper Trae Tha Truth. "If I'm continuously getting blessed from the man up above why not share them with somebody?" asks Trae. He has spent tens of thousands of dollars a year for the last six years to give Houston children a day of fun, all absolutely free of charge. "I had a mother who would give use her last. I experienced the struggle. I just know sometimes people need help," explains Trae.
Kids at Trae day enjoyed bounce houses, games and amusement park rides, "I'm looking forward to the bungee jumping," says 11 year old Taylor. There was also a petting zoo "I have touched the tortoise and the donkey. I haven't touched the lamb yet," says 12 year old Tatair. The kids are also given free school supplies. "It's a big financial relief. It's money that can go toward other things," says Houston mother Tiffany Shekori.
"I think it's good. Most people really need the stuff they're giving way. I really need the shots for college," says 19 year old Raishelle. That's right, complimentary vaccinations were also given, as well as free HIV testing.
As for the school supplies? "I like school. I like math and social studies and science," smiles 8-year-old Heaven who was just heavenly to talk with. Heaven says she also received free school supplies from Trae Day last year "And I got mostly all A's. Out of the whole year I only got one B," says Heaven.
The crowd was also in for a night of free concerts. Some of the performers include "Problem, Trinidad James, Lil Scrappy, to name a few," says Trae. "As a kid I remember just getting free stuff was cool. We could have gotten stickers but the parents probably really appreciate Trae Day," says rapper Problem who performed for the crowd.
"No matter what happens to me this is something I will do the rest of my life," Trae says. This is the first year the event is being held at Reliant. "Hopefully this will be a brand new start with a relationship with Reliant," Trae explains. In previous years the event has had some safety issues. Trae says his own children also enjoy the event. He says safety for all of the children is his number one priority. Reliant, of course, has it's own security. There was also quite a police presence this year at Trae Day at Houstonians enjoyed the fun.
Trae says he came so close to securing a giraffe for the event but it didn't quite happen. "Maybe next year," smiles Trae. "Thank you Trae," yelled one little girl right after she said she was having the time of her life. Thousands of Houstonians enjoyed the 6th annual Trae Day at Reliant from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.