When people make charitable contributions they don't always know the specifics of where the funds or gifts go, just that the donation will go where it is needed most. This year, we tried something new with the WBSM audience and your donations directly impacted a local family in a very big way.

WBSM and United Way of Greater New Bedford's Mini Miracle family wanted to thank everyone who made their Holiday a little more hopeful and helped to renew the family's spirit.

Our family is completely overwhelmed by the outpouring of support we've received over the last few weeks since being selected as the 2018 Mini Miracles family. We have struggled to find just the right words to properly express our gratitude.

Thank you SO much for being a part of Zane's journey. For the last 12 months, we have gotten minimal sleep, tending to Zane's middle of the night feedings and countless hospital visits. We have pushed off hiring a private duty night nurse (something not covered by insurance), as we allocated our funds towards items specifically for his care, rather than helping ourselves. Being exhausted all day, every day is starting to take its toll on us. The funds raised to hire a night nurse will allow us some much-needed sleep, but will also help recharge us for advocating for Zane and hopefully lead to new therapy ideas or even a diagnosis.

We have full intentions to pay it forward once we have adjusted to our new "normal" at home. This experience has truly renewed our spirits and we are so humbled and grateful.  Merry Christmas!  - The DeSousa Family

Donations to support Zane and his family on their journey have been coming in throughout this entire month. What the WBSM community pulled off is a mini miracle in every way.

Text to Donate: Text WISHES to 313131. You will be sent a United Way e-link that allows you to make a donation via credit card to this family when you select MINI MIRACLE from the drop-down menu. THIS TEXT-TO-GIVE CAMPAIGN ENDS 12/31/18


WBSM's Mini Miracle with the United Way of Greater New Bedford is an extension of the Annual Holiday Wish program. Families have been pre-selected. Support for this program is made possible by New Bedford Credit Union (NBCU), Sam Karam and Sons, Lech Auto Body, First Citizens Federal Credit Union, Tremblay's Bus Company, and Pateakos & Poulin, PC.