Gramma's big heart
Organized by: Janay Pritchett
Raised by my grandma. I'm 22 now, finishing college, working for the sheriff's dept, pursuing dreams. I will be successful, mainly because I was raised to believe I would. Grandma also raising my 17 year old cousin as well as taking on my 5 year old cousin, now 8. Also helps raise my 9 year old brother as well. Her mother, my great-grandma, stayed with us until she died five years ago. My 8 year old cousin was just taken from her because the bio dad came into the picture and claimed him. Turns out DNA proved he is not related to us. Biology did not matter, broken hearted forever, unable to even see or talk to him now. She went into such a depression without him. Anyone she knows who needs help, she helps, with a meal, a bed, whatever. Needless to say, it costs a lot for a single gramma to do all she has done, had to quit a part time job and cut hours at full time job. Does what she can to help me with books, auto insurance, etc., says I deserve it, but that has put her painfully behind on her own bills. I will pay my own way at some point, and will definitely try to repay her for everything, but right now she struggles just to keep the lights on. There are just so many lives that would have been so different without her. So unfair she goes without so others will have, not that she complains, ever. Just her nature. Some have definitely taken advantage of that. I know a lot of grandparents raise children now, and thank God for them. Not everyone would do what she has done and deserves a reprieve as much as anyone. Without question, she will continue to help others until she no longer can, especially when kids are involved.