There has been an outpouring of support and offers of help from CNN Radio listeners and CNN.com readers for “Maria” and her family. Maria’s story was profiled last week after the release of the U.S Census Bureau’s Poverty Report.
“Maria,” too embarrassed to give us her real name, tells us what has happened since her story was told, what help she has received and how it has renewed her faith in humankind, and energized her in moving forward finding a job and getting back on her feet.
One man in particular took “Maria” and her sons shopping for necessities.
“I am still trying to figure out if this person is real or an angel from God,” said “Maria."
The person who helped Maria is not rich. He has less than $50,000 in the bank but said he was simply moved to help.
Maria has two sons, the younger one suffers from Autism. CNN’s Jim Roope caught up with Maria following her encounter with the person she calls an “angel." The tears and the despair we heard in the original story has been replaced with smiles and hope.
Hear the update here: