Woman Turns to Craigslist to 'Rent a Family', and the Results Are Amazing
byKaitlin StanfordDec 24, 2013
For 26-year-old Jackie Turner, her life until now hasn't exactly been an easy one. The California woman, who is currently a straight-A student at William Jessup University, is known for her kind disposition and big, generous heart. But that belies a troubled past, filled with abuse and abandonment by both her parents.
"This time of year is hard," she told Stockton, CA's Channel 10 News. "Everyone is talking about their cousins, their family, all the things that make up Christmas."
For Turner, Christmas time only brings back a rush of bad memories.
"I remember getting locked up and locked in rooms," she said, reflecting back on her childhood. "And getting beatings for stealing food."
Sadly, Jackie was born to a woman she never met, and according to CBS, a "father she wished she hadn't."
The scarring childhood led Jackie to turn her own life around and help others--she now works as a tutor for children and hopes to one day forge a career in helping troubled kids. But the wounds from her childhood remain.
So what do you do during the holidays without any family to turn to? Simple: you rent them.
The 26-year-old gained plenty of notice earlier this month when she put up an ad asking to "rent a mom and dad", even if just for a few hours. She was even willing to pay $8 an hour "just to be the light of their life for that moment."
And it wasn't long before responses came flooding in.
Some were from would-be "parents" and others were from people who simply felt the same way, and wanted to reach out.
So Jackie had all her respondents meet up, and gather in one room to talk. And then something amazing happened: Jackie took the opportunity to pair up all of the people who answered her ad, before pairing up with a new "mom" herself.
"People are hurting and broken and we need each other," Jackie explained. "We need to be loving people. And I think that's what tonight's about."