NEWS RELEASE FROM JEREMY REYNALDS
AT JOY JUNCTION
TEL: 505 400 7145
On Friday, December 21, Joy Junction will host people experiencing homelessness at the 1st Annual Christmas Dinner at the Albuquerque Convention Center located at 401 Second Street NW from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Joy Junction, New Mexico’s largest emergency homeless shelter, is partnering with other non-profit community organizations that focus on homelessness to help spread the word and pass out meal tickets. These agencies will be given meal tickets to deliver to their client base prior to the dinner. Joy Junction expects 1,500 people and 300 volunteers to attend the Dinner. Many organizations have already come together to make this event special and Joy Junction is thrilled with the community response.
“We are hosting this event to make sure everyone in Albuquerque has the opportunity to celebrate the joys of Christmas, and also to remind the community what Christmas is really about,” said Joy Junction Founder and CEO Dr. Jeremy Reynalds.
Wal-Mart is donating 450 pounds of ham and 250 pounds of turkey. Santa Claus will be at the event to provide one gift to every child who attends. The City of Albuquerque and SMG management company are providing free rental of the Albuquerque Convention Center. KNKT Radio is also a sponsoring organization.
Joy Junction is seeking additional food donations for the dinner, including store-bought side dishes and coffee (regular and decaf). Donated food items should be dropped off at the Joy Junction offices at 4500 2nd St SW, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. through Thursday December 21.
Individuals who wish to support Joy Junction may donate online at www.joyjunction.org or by mail at P.O. Box 26568, Albuquerque, NM 87125.
About Joy Junction
Joy Junction has been helping the homeless of Albuquerque for 26 years. In 1986, Jeremy Reynalds founded Joy Junction, now New Mexico’s largest emergency homeless shelter, in Albuquerque’s South Valley. Joy Junction currently serves as many as 300 people every night at its main homeless shelter — and hundreds more through their mobile food outreach.
In 2011 alone, Joy Junction provided more than 200,000 meals and about 120,000 nights of safe and warm shelter to homeless women, children, and families.