September 23rd, 2010
12:40 PM ET

Family in poverty moved by generosity from an 'angel'

"Maria, " who was too embarrassed to give her true name, sits with one of her sons as she finds herself living below the poverty threshold.

There has been an outpouring of support and offers of help from CNN Radio listeners and 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.

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  1. Sam

    I don't understand people who cannot find jobs. Unless you are severely disabled, or single mom of a toddler with no relatives, it's near impossible to *not* find a job. You may not earn much, but it beats the hell out of begging. Those able bodied people who cannot find jobs are either milking the system, are lazy and spoiled, find it beneath themselves to work blue collar, or all of the above.

    September 24, 2010 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
  2. lisa

    What we do for ourselves dies with us, what we do for others remains immortal.
    One of the best quotes ever.

    September 24, 2010 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  3. John

    My response was to long I guess as it's not posting so I'll break it into a couple pieces.

    The reason I was off so long was because of the Workman's Comp carrier itself, they required all medical tests be pre-approve, and each approval took a minimum of 2-3 months, it was 17 months before I even able to have surgery (and before the corrective surgery even moving from the bed to the couch or desk chair was a major excursion that was filled with lots of agony and pain.)

    After the surgery it was only about 6-8 months before my doctor cleared me to return to full duty, but the Workman's Comp carrier and their doctor would not clear me to return to work without closing out the case (so they could avoid any future medical bills for my back) so I had no choice but to agree to that. After THEY requested to close out the case it still took them two years before they finally closed the case so I could return to work.

    September 24, 2010 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      Okay, so how did this end up down here and not up where I selected reply?

      September 24, 2010 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  4. walkamileintheirshoes

    To SAM – who said you can get a job if you want it – In some metro areas that may be true; but in rural areas where the industries have moved or closed up – there are NO jobs to be had.
    As in my earlier posting – Lend a hand if you can – you may need the same one day. There is always someone who has less than you!

    September 24, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
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