The Dallas Morning News Charities-MariaThe oldest child is just 7 years old.

Maria’s daughter cared for five kids until a car accident changed everything. Now they are with their kind-hearted grandmother. With the sudden addition to her life, Maria doesn’t know how she’s going to make ends meet.

Poverty robs people of dignity, hope and the power to determine their own future, but together we can make a difference. The Dallas Morning News Charities funds 25 local organizations that help those who are homeless, hungry and able to rehabilitate.

If you have it in your heart to help a family like Maria’s get back on its feet, click here.

*The photo and name have been changed to protect the North Texan’s identity.