The Soup Man, also known as Peter Kelleher of Bridgewater, delivers homemade soup and care packages of clothing, winter items and toiletries to homeless people each weekend. He does this in memory of his son, Travis, who was homeless and died of a drug overdose, at age 32, in 2016.

BRIDGEWATER – Charlotte Stevens saw homeless people huddled on the roadside as she drove through Brockton, and thought of her brother.

Arthur “Joey” Myatt III, Stevens’ brother, had been homeless, abused alcohol and drugs and died in 2014 when he was trying to cross the street, intoxicated, and was struck by a car.

“The family tried everything to help Joey over the years,” Stevens said. “But as you probably know, addiction can be a black hole.”

Stevens knew she wanted to help people in her brother’s memory. So she picked up her crochet needles and began to creates scarves and hats. Wanting to donate them to homeless people in Brockton, she searched online for the proper avenue when she came across an article about a “Soup Man.” The Soup Man, also known as Peter Kelleher of Bridgewater, delivers homemade soup and care packages of clothing, winter items and toiletries to homeless people in Brockton each weekend. He does this in memory of his son, Travis Kelleher, who was homeless and died of a drug overdose, at 32, in 2016.

Touched by his story, Stevens frequently drops off her crocheted items to the Soup Man.

She is not alone. Hundreds of others, both locally and across the country, have read the Soup Man’s and reached out to him. Kelleher’s one man show has quickly become a project with dozens of helpers — and it continues to grow.

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