"The Soupman" rolled into Bangor to help those in need

BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - A Millinocket man who lost his son to overdose is giving back to the community in a big red bus kind of way.

Peter Kelleher also known as "the soupman" is on a week long tour of Maine to help the homeless.

He rolled into Bangor this morning delivering backpacks full of personal hygiene items as well as winter necessities to the Hope House and other local shelters.

Kelleher says losing his son was hard but he's channeled his sadness into something productive.

He says, "Travis was a good kid. He wasn't a kid, he was a young man. He was handsome. He had big blue eyes and he was smart. He just couldn't get control of his issue. Drugs are either in your home or your neighbors and if you don't think so, you're delusional. Everyone knows somebody that's suffering. And I'm doing all I can do and it is to make a mark and to help people stay warm."

He's also on a mission to bring an outdoor shower to Bangor for local transients to use.

Support the Soupman, the non-profit organization that sprouted out of his good deeds has already raised $10,000 for the project.

They are still in need of $40,000 to make it happen -- which he says they will.

If you'd like to learn more about the organization or make a donation you can visit supportthesoupman.org.