Family bonds strengthen and change with age

Editor’s Note: Each year during the Christmas-New Years season, the Reporter-News posts stories about residents of Abilene and Big Country who quietly help others and their communities. This “Everyday Hero” series continues with Jazmyn Gindratt. Sunday’s hero was Johnny walker; Monday’s hero was Ben James.

It’s a bond they’ve shared for most of Jazmyn Gindratt’s life.

Gindratt, 30, came to live with her grandmother, Ernestine Hammond when she was 3 months old. His younger brother arrived in 1996, when he was only 1 year old.

The makeshift family made it work. Hammond made sure they had everything they needed and then some, Gindratt said.

“She was never shy about not wanting to elevate us,” Gindratt said of Hammond. “About not wanting to take care of us. She (gave) us a good home, a good community.”

But Hammond is not the “everyday hero” here. She is the nominator. Gindratt gets the honor.

Hammond said his granddaughter, who is currently the recreation coordinator at the town’s GV Daniels Recreation Center, deserves praise as a personal hero.

In a handwritten note expressing his love for Gindratt, Hammond said Gindratt has been his hero, his “go-to person” for the past 15 years since Gindratt was in high school.

“She cooks, she does the shopping, she pays my bills,” Hammond said. “She helps me run my house. I live on my own (but) I can call her anytime, day or night, to come see me in case of pain or anxiety. She’s there in five minutes. . “

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Gindratt says it’s strong women, like his grandmother, who give him courage.

She needed it. She still does.

She was able to get her masters degree online by studying sports psychology. This allowed her to return home away from Hammond’s home – the recreation center – for a full-time job.

They gladly agreed to bring him.

“Being able to be back at the recreation center I grew up in was a plus,” said Gindratt. “I see it as a way to help so many other people looking for the same avenues that I had myself. Being here allows me to do such a thing. And my grandmother preached it.”

For her, an “everyday hero” is someone who goes above and beyond her normal calling in life. Her grandmother did such a thing for her, she said.

“She was in the late ’60s when I was brought to her,” Gindratt said.

“(An ‘Everyday Hero’ is) someone who meets the different expectations of different people and gives back to people who have done things for them.”

How does it meet its own definition? Gindratt said she spent a lot of time with her grandmother, making sure she was okay.

But she doesn’t stop only with her grandmother. She spends a lot of time with other seniors as part of her job at GV Daniels.

“Since I was able to give it back, I never thought twice about it,” Gindratt said. “I wanted to make sure she was still okay and that she was taken care of. I’m glad I could do it for her.

“A lot of older people don’t have a lot of these people to take time for themselves. I work with older people, giving them the space to feel that there are people who are thinking about them. to be able to do it. that for my grandmother too. “

Timothy Chipp covers education and is a general assignment reporter for Abilene Reporter-News. If you value local news, you can support local journalists with a digital subscription to

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