By Tom Relihan
Peter Kelleher spends many Saturdays feeding soup to the region’s homeless population and often brings them items like socks and winter clothing.
BRIDGEWATER – Tracey Hallahan saw the page go up on her Facebook feed: Support the Soup Man.
Bridgewater resident Peter Kelleher, famous for serving hot, homemade soup to the area’s homeless population on Saturdays, was seeking socks and winter clothing to distribute to those he served after noticing many of them were ill-equipped for the coming winter.
Her friend, Michael Goodman, had taken up the cause, too, starting the page. And it netted hundreds more articles of winter clothing than anyone involved had expected. Hallahan wanted to find some way to help, and she recognized it as a teaching moment for her 13-year-old twin niece and nephew. So, she gathered them up and went to the Easton Knights of Columbus on Dec. 15, prepared to help pack up the donations.
That’s when the cars and trucks began pulling up, loaded with hats, gloves, mittens, socks and other pieces of clothing. Together with about 80 other volunteers, Hallahan and the twins sorted, packed and reloaded the items for distribution.