“if we’re just about the shows, the programs and the music but we have no love, we have no action, then there’s really no reason for us to exist. It’s just plain and simple.” Joel Flores, 96.5 JoyFM Station Manager.
It was minus thirty with windchill and the team from 96.5 JoyFM were out doing what they could to help keep folks warm at the homeless shelter, with an outreach initiative called, “We (G)love You!”
Across the province, there were 1,296 people who stayed at an emergency homeless shelter in 2011. These people have to brave the cold on a daily basis so the JoyFM team started up what they call the “Joy Cares Missions.” Helping out the less fortunate is just a part of what they plan to do in the community.
As their first official mission, the team seemed overjoyed to be able to stand outside with a table full of scarves, mittens, personal hygiene kits, jackets and other assorted things collected by JoyFM listeners and several ministry partners. Even with frozen mustaches, everyone was in great spirits.
“ We’re human beings too. We want people to be there for us. We want to give back and be there for them.” said Ryan Marks, the station program and production manager.
There was a steady flow of people coming by the table set out by JoyFM, all out in the frigid temperatures that have been pretty steady over the last few weeks in NB. The smiles on the faces of those in need giving a good indication to the success of just, “Being there for them.”
Sometimes helping out doesn’t have to be complicated.
“It’s simple concepts like doing for others what you would want them to do for you that really help to put into perspective why we need to work as a community to help those around us.” Said Joel Thompson, video producer with Verity Studios.
Joel Flores the Station Manager at Joy couldn’t have made his attitude towards outreach anymore clear saying, “If we’re just about the shows, the programs and the music but we have no love, we have no action, then there’s really no reason for us to exist. It’s just plain and simple.”
This is just the beginning for JoyFM and the Joy Cares Missions.
“We’re going to be doing a lot of things ongoing. Through out the year as God lays them on our hearts, as we continue to have more strategic vision. Especially with partners we are starting to have bigger vision.” Said Joel, who’s passion for the community is hard for him to contain. “People can get involved and come be part of our team. Email at Welcome@joyfm.ca or call us at 454-9600.”
At this point in the interview one of the young boys at the shelter, Logan, appears. During filming of the shoot, Logan hung out with the team and kept everyone smiling. it may be freezing cold, but a warm heart goes a long way.
Check out the video below!