Travis is my Passion…. Travis is my drive. Shower number two has been delivered… The 3rd shower will be here in 3 weeks. Stay tuned to learn more!
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Written by Devin J. Martin
BANGOR- The portable shower from the Support the Soupman Corp is now ready for use.
“For such a tragedy it this has turned out to be such a beautiful thing. You can’t dream this stuff up, you just can’t. I’m very proud to be able say I do this on behalf of my son. I loved him,” said Peter Kelleher, Support the Soupman Corp’s founder.
On September 2 2016, Kelleher’s son Travis, died from a drug overdose.
Since that day, Kelleher has dedicated everything he has to doing his best to take care of homeless people throughout New England.
On April 20, Kelleher brought a portable shower to the brick church in Bangor for the homeless population to use freely.
And on early Tuesday, Kelleher not only announced the shower is operational but that he has purchased an even newer one
“With the help of Robert Kraft and some big donors, it’s made this possible that i can purchase two. That’s $100,000 worth of showers,” he said.
He said this portable shower will be in Bangor for about two weeks before it is replaced with the newer one
“The new one will be leased to the brick church for a dollar, and that is what we’ll do with the rest of them,” he said.
He said he plans on continuing to buy and distribute as many portable showers as he can.
“Travis is my drive. Losing a son, too many parents are going through this. It’s not acceptable. It’s not acceptable for someone on the streets can’t take a shower and put on clean socks or underwear or what have you. My goal is to have one in every major city in New England and we’re going to do it,” Kelleher said.
To help out, visit Support the Soupman Corp’s website.
BOSTON (CBS) – New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft made a generous donation to a New Hampshire charity thanks to a story he saw on CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell.
Peter Kelleher turned his sorrow over his son’s opioid-related death into creating a soup kitchen to help the homeless.
O’Donnell showcased Kelleher’s story last week before the New Hampshire primary.
Kelleher’s non-profit, Support the Soupman, buys boots in bulk and stocks a mobile closet full of warm clothes. In addition, he offers backpack care packages filled with survival supplies.
“Every day I hope to make a difference in someone’s heart,” Kelleher told CBS Evening News.
After seeing Kelleher’s story, Kraft made a donation to help the cause.
A few months back, Peter Kelleher received the news that he was selected as one of Jersey Mike’s “Sub-Abovers”, an award that had him slated to share Support the Soupman’s story at a national Jersey Mike’s conference in early April. Due to the current pandemic, the conference was canceled, but their documentary was not. Please see their final product! Congratulations Peter!
It was such an amazing honor to recently be recognized as one of Jersey Mike’s Sub Abovers of 2020. As a nationally known name, it amazes me the scope of how far this cause has reached. This all started out because of Travis. I had to do something to help the people that were hurting like Travis was. Especially in these scary and uncertain times, they need us more than ever.
Thank you Jersey Mikes for the recognition and beautiful segment; not just ours but the other outstanding recipients.
For the full video and to see their stories, CHECK IT OUT HERE!
Three hundred and fifty Brown Bag lunches dropped off at Morton hospital for the doctors, nurses, and staff. Morton Hospital has been a big supporter of our mission. It was an honor to be able to help. I love you all!
I am very proud to say that we had our shower updated with sponsors today. The Derenzo Charitable foundation, Bridgewater Credit Union, B.M. Bismarck Properties LLC, Kraft Family Foundation, and C.M. Cleaning company. My buddy Bill at Merchant Signs gave me a hand. Did I tell you the 1st time, I called Bill asking for his help he hung up on me. Lol!! I wanted something for free. He took me seriously at above the 3rd phone call. I am honored to say he is a very good friend of mine. So many people have been a big part of our mission. Helping others!! Joe Emerson, Triad advertising, CO. Graphics and Design of Dighton have been there from the beginning to help. I can’t thank you all enough.