Bridgewater's 'Soupman' Helps Homeless After Losing Son To Opioids

BRIDGEWATER, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Peter Kelleher, also known as the Soupman, lost his son Travis to an opioid addiction in September of 2016.

To deal with his tragic loss, he made a decision.

"I was either gonna drink myself to death, or I was gonna find a way to help people," he told WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas.

Since then, he's been busy helping the homeless across New England.

"I've been passing out backpacks, packing out hot soup, and brown bag lunches," he said. "I'm going on my second year."

With his nonprofit organization, he's been able to get a bus donated by the Lucini family to deliver supplies—and just recently, a mobile shower for Brockton.

But that's just the beginning, Kelleher said.

"I'm gonna have one in every major city in New England," he said.

He has the support of many donors, but he says that if he wants to get a mobile shower in every city, he needs people to donate or volunteer.

"Not everybody wants to be on the streets," he said. "Trust me, my son was on the streets, he didn't need to be."

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WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports

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