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Posted: Dec 5, 2012 10:00 PM

Updated: Dec 6, 2012 12:11 AM

WESLACO - A family living in a colonia in Hidalgo County is hoping for help this holiday season.

The family's mother, Blanca Guevara, is unemployed and cares for her five children. The father barely makes enough to scrape a meager existence.

Guevara and her five children cram into one room at night.

"Since my husband works all night ... all of us, including me and the five children, sleep in this one room," Guevara said.

Their apartment is small. She uses one bedroom to store all the children's clothes. Inside her kitchen, there are a few groceries and a small microwave oven.

Guevara uses a pen to open the microwave door.

Guevara's eyes well up with tears when she mentions Christmas. She wishes she could buy her children new toys, but she said they don't have enough money for such luxuries.

"We need so much," she said.

"The thing is that my husband doesn't have a very good job. He is working, but has trouble with his ID ... to get a good-paying job," Guevara said.

Guevara said her children don't realize their dire financial situation.

They still ask Santa Claus for toys.

Juanito wants a yellow bicycle. His sister Rosemary also wants a bicycle.

Guevara said even her 15-year-old has hopes for a Christmas gift.

"A Tony Romo shirt," she said.

Guevara said taking care of the essentials is the most important thing.

The essentials are fixing the broken windows and other things.

"(We have) so many dreams, so many dreams that up to this point we have not been able to realize," Guevara said.

Guevara said her goal is to give her family a better life.

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