Kevin Dean runs an outfit called Christmas Wishes 2017 and he's on a mission to help families in need this season.

Kevin Dean and his wife Lori wanted to help five families this Christmas season. They set up a Facebook page entitled “Christmas Wishes: New Bedford and surrounding areas” and began accepting donations of clothing, food and toys in hopes of making Christmas brighter for those in need. What happened next shocked Kevin and Lori. The couple were deluged with donations from people wanting to help. "Christmas Wishes 2017" has now provided Christmas gifts to twenty families in need, all in the Ned Bedford area. Including some from Puerto Rico who are now living in New Bedford after losing everything in Hurricane Maria. Kevin Dean tells the remarkable story of "Christmas Wishes" on this week's Townsquare Sunday.

Photo of Santa with the boy Credit: Thinkstock

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