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‘Breaking Bad’ helping shelter

Fans of the TV series Breaking Bad swarm over clothing donated from the show to Joy Junction. (Dean Hanson/Journal)
Fans of the TV series Breaking Bad swarm over clothing donated from the show to Joy Junction. (Dean Hanson/Journal)
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A Walt White robe. Baby Holly’s pink hoodies. Sweaters worn by DEA agents trying to break up a drug smuggling ring.

These are among the items the AMC hit television series “Breaking Bad,” a show about the methamphetamine wars in Albuquerque, donated to a city shelter in an effort to help the homeless – and give fans a chance to own some TV history memorabilia.

New Mexico’s largest emergency shelter said the surprise gift came last week when the show dropped off boxes of clothing worn by cast members from past episodes.

“We got a call from someone from ‘Breaking Bad’ saying, ‘Hey, we’re dropping off some clothes,’ ” said Joy Junction CEO Jeremy Reynalds. “Then, here they were.”

The donated men’s and women’s clothing will be sold at the shelter’s thrift store beginning Wednesday, with proceeds going toward the Albuquerque-based shelter.

Reynalds said he hasn’t had time to comb through all the boxes to see what was available. But he did find a burgundy-colored robe worn by Bryan Cranston. Also in the boxes were a number of baby clothes worn by the baby of the show, Holly White.

But he didn’t know if the boxes contained any hoodies worn by Aaron Paul or flashy shirts worn by the quietly deadly assassin brothers, Luis and Daniel Moncada.

“Fans love the show, so it’s just great that we can give some of them a lasting memory and while so doing help Joy Junction as well,” he said.

The thrift store in the South Valley will be open seven days a week at the shelter but will not be selling clothing online.

However, Reynalds said the shelter may put clothes up on online auctions if they don’t sell at the thrift store.

“Breaking Bad” follows chemistry teacher Walter White, played by Cranston, producing and selling methamphetamine with a former student, Jesse Pinkman, played by Paul. The series is made in Albuquerque and is currently shooting its final season.

Joy Junction currently is raising money for a new chapel, dormitory and women’s center.
— This article appeared on page C01 of the Albuquerque Journal

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