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Kamloops homeless man receives new cart donated by community

Michael O'Shea was invited to Frenchie's Poutinerie on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, to accept his new cart from the people that helped raise about $1,700 in a couple hours.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Frenchies Poutinerie
September 18, 2017 - 11:30 AM

KAMLOOPS - The feel good story that gripped Kamloops recently has come to a conclusion with a well-known homeless man now the proud owner of a brand new, custom built cart for his possessions.

The cart was paid for by about $1,700 in donations collected by the owner of Frenchie's Poutinerie after he heard Michael O'Shea may have his stolen shopping cart taken away.

The new cart cost around $1,000 dollars and is made of a lightweight metal that keeps it just as light as a normal cart while providing more protection for O'Shea's possessions. It also features hooks that can be used to hang bags of collected cans and a cover to keep his things dry. The cart can be locked if he has to leave it unattended.

Some of the donated money went towards filling the cart with some essentials O'Shea will need to get through the winter, things like new boots and blankets.

Elie-Toni Hanna, who owns Frenchie's, returned the cart O'Shea had been using to Wal-Mart.

O'Shea's story has been shared repeatedly since last week, and if there was any doubt as to the level of support he has in the community, the reactions to articles written by iNFOnews.ca have been nothing short of incredible. Facebook posts about O'Shea have received over 1,000 likes with hundreds of shares and comments. A video in which he thanks everyone for their support has been viewed over 19,000 times with more than 90 hours spent viewing it.

To highlight the connection between O'Shea and his community, we've included just a sample of the moving and heartfelt comments sent his way through the iNFOnews.ca Facebook page and website.

Get caught up on Micahel O'Shea's story here.

Frenchie's Poutinerie owner Elie-Toni Hanna returned Michael O'Shea's stolen cart to its rightful owner, Wal-Mart, on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017.
Frenchie's Poutinerie owner Elie-Toni Hanna returned Michael O'Shea's stolen cart to its rightful owner, Wal-Mart, on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Frenchies Poutinerie


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