For the third year, we've teamed up with the United Way of Greater New Bedford to bring Holiday Wishes to the Southcoast.

This year we are working to make the holidays brighter for five local families including the Wilcox Family from Dartmouth

The Wilcox family of Dartmouth were expecting their third child with some trepidation, as their 2nd son was born with a heart defect – Aortic Stenosis. The parents were to told that the chances of their 3rd baby having a heart condition were very low but at the 20 week ultrasound, they learned that their 3rd child would be born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome and a restricted atrial septum

Fast forward to today and Zoey has just returned home from her 4th open heart surgery at just 19 months old. Zoey has spent a considerable amount of time in and out of Boston Children’s Hospital and because of this, the family is under extreme financial stress. They have moved back in with their parents to help with the daily cost of living and for help with the care of their other two boys while Mom & Dad stay at the hospital with Zoey.

This family’s biggest wish items are to finish building the playground they had started prior to the mounting bills the kids can all play together at their home. They’d also love for some quality time together – a quick camping trip or getaway to relax and be with each other as a whole family.

To donate, text WISHES to 313131. Your donation will go directly to the United Way of Greater New Bedford's Holiday Wishes Fund.