This Woman Looking To Rent A Family For The Holidays Will Make You Want To Cry

Okay, get out your weeping rags people (everyone has a weeping rag, right?). This is the most heartbreaking but also uplifting story I’ve heard this holiday season. Jackie Turner, a college student from Rocklin, California is looking for what we all want for the holidays – a supportive family. And she’s looking for it on Craigslist, of all places.

Turner placed an ad on everyone’s purveyor of filth and free end tables looking to rent a supportive family for the holiday season. I’ll give you a moment to cry deeply into your weeping rags (this is a THING, right?). Her ad reads:

“I am looking to rent a mom and dad who can give me attention and make me feel like the light of their life just for a couple of days because I really need it.”

Turner comes from a rough background. According to her interview with Rocklin’s local news station, News 10:

“On the outside, it looks like I’m the American dream kid,” the 26-year-old said. “But I have a back story that most people wouldn’t believe if they looked at me today.”

Turner says that she was sexually, physically and emotionally abused as a child and spend years on the streets and in gangs. She was arrested a few years ago for grand theft auto and spent a year in jail, which led her to clean up her life and attend a camp for troubled youth. Now she is a presidential scholar at William Jessup University with a 4.0 grade average. But she lacks the one thing she says she really needs this time of year – a family:

“There’s still something deep inside of me. There’s this void, my biological parents aren’t here, and it’s kept this hole inside of me.”

The headline of her Craigslist ad read “I want to rent a mom and dad” and in it she said she would be willing to pay $8 an hour for them to

“Just to sit, just to listen,” she said. “Just to cry with me, no strings beyond that. I’ve never felt the touch of my Mom hugging me and holding me. I don’t know what it’s like to look in my dad’s eyes and feel love instead of hatred.”

Don’t you just want to reach through the computer and give her a hug?

Thankfully, hundreds of people have come forward to be there for her, free of charge. This is the best kind of holiday story there is. One with a happy ending.

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  • jane

    Well, now I have a weeping rag. Thanks for that.

    • Frances Locke

      It really is wonderfully convenient.

    • Kay_Sue

      I just determined that I apparently need to invest in one too….

  • cesp

    I’m only 27 but I’ll be her mom for free.

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  • Cee

    I want to rent a fam for the holidays. I never get invited anywhere unless I promise to leave my gf at home…which I wont, so we spend a lot of the holidays on our own.

    • Eve Vawter

      Come over?

    • Cee

      I will bring tacos!

    • Allyson_et_al

      You can come to my place. I’m a nice person and a hell of a cook, and my kids are (mostly) sweet. You can bring anyone you want, except a cat (sorry– allergies.)

    • Allyson_et_al

      Oh, and also? The people who want you to leave your gf home? They suck.

    • Cee

      Lol! They do

    • Tinyfaeri

      You can come with us, but we’ll be going to my parents’ house for most of the day, so I’ll be a little neurotic. Possibly twitchy. I may drink whiskey. Lots of whiskey. So if you guys like whiskey…? :)

    • Cee

      We dooo!

    • Shelly Lloyd

      AAWWW. You can have my family for free.

      Why isn’t someone working on that star trek style transporter beam? I want for all of us to get together for the world’s most awesome Christmas party.

  • Bethany Ramos

    My heart!!! When my kids are grown, I WILL do this on the holidays.

  • Natasha B

    I will be her mom for free!!! Poor kid :/

  • Kay_Sue

    I think I’m a little young to be her mom, but I’d be more than glad to volunteer as big sister. No one that wants a loving family should be alone for the holidays. Heartbreaking.

  • Jaz

    Wow that’s my hometown, I live in Hawaii but will be back for the holidays. Any ideas how I can communicate across that she is welcome to spend the holidays with my family? I’d be more than happy to share and get to know such an inspiring individual, especially since I work with at risk kids now.

  • Tessie

    Nope, we are not for rent. All you have to do is go to the Salvation Army Shelter and get two homeless people, they are in the same boat as she is.

    • Tinyfaeri

      That’s just cold…

  • Blueathena623

    This makes me wonder about the feasibility/need for some site where people could sign up to provide open holiday experiences and other people could search to find a place to go. Homes for the Holidays or something. Of course, it only takes one looney to ruin it, but it could be nice.

    • Tinyfaeri

      You’d need some kind of screening staff, like my idea to become a cuddle madam one day. For this, you might even be able to find volunteer mental health professionals to screen applications.

    • Rachel Sea

      My family table has always been wide open, when I was a kid it was normal to have 30 for dinner. We just put the word out that anyone we know who doesn’t have family to go to is welcome. It means sometimes at the beginning of the night there are guests that we barely know, but by the end of the night everyone is family.

      Even if a guest is kooky, it all works out, and you have great stories for next year. And then sometimes the next year they are on better meds (one of our regular guests has a significant mental illness and lives in a group home) and turn out to be a great addition. If everyone extended their invitations to their wider community, no one would be lonely at the holidays.

      Now we don’t have room to be so open (15 people PACK our house) but I fantasize about building a big long dining room onto the back of the house so that we never have to think about curbing the guest list again.

  • anon

    I read her story earlier tonight and just felt compelled to write her a very kind and supportive email, but I can’t find her email address anywhere. I wish I could give her a big hug too. :( I hope she has a great Christmas with folks that care for and appreciate her. Everyone should be able to have that. God bless her.