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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.