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Young Woman Copes with Holiday Blues via Craigslist

Jackie Turner stillframe from CBS video
 

There are many resources published this time of year encouraging those who experience loneliness and depression during the holiday season to explore various ways of connecting with those around them. Some people encourage doing so through volunteering or attending community gatherings and events, or of making peace with solitude through meditative and relaxation activities like taking a hot bath or curling up with a good book.

One young woman chose to handle her holiday blues in an unconventional way this year: Jackie Turner, a junior at William Jessup University near Sacramento, California, posted her desire for the experience of a loving mom and dad to craigslist.org.

Citing a childhood fraught with abuse and neglect as the primary reasons for her December depression, which she says hits hard every year, Jackie asked “to rent a mom and a dad” for a couple of hours just to know what it feels like “to be the light of their life.”

Jackie is a straight-A student who works as a part-time tutor and hopes to one day devote herself to helping children who are troubled. But when the holidays hit and she listens to everyone around her talking about family plans, Jackie says it’s difficult.

Tired of the “hurting,” she posted her ad to Craigslist. She received responses from potential “parents” who were willing to give her the love she was craving for free, as well as a number of responses from other young people who were also feeling sad and alone.

Knowing that others were in the same boat as she was moved Jackie to organize a meeting for all the people who wrote to her. The result? Love was given and received; those who were feeling alone found comfort in those who were wanting to help; and Jackie found herself a “mentor” in a woman from university student services.

“People are hurting and broken, and we need each other. We need to be loving people. That’s what tonight’s about,” said Turner in an interview with CBS News.

Reference:

Hartman, S. (2013, December 20). Calif. woman who tries to rent family via craigslist gets so much more. CBS News. Retrieved from http://www.cbsnews.com/news/calif-woman-tries-to-rent-family-via-craiglist-is-given-so-much-more/

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  • Margo December 31st, 2013 at 4:11 AM #1

    I am glad that this young woman got this type of overwhelming response, but it makes me so incredibly sad that she felt that she had to reach out this way to receive love.

    Where are her friends and family who should automatically be stepping in and giving that to her? I feel so bad for her at this young and critical age to feel so alone that she would have to go this route. I hope that via this process she has met some people who will continue to be a constant source of love and support for her throughtout life.

  • Nona December 31st, 2013 at 2:28 PM #2

    While this is working out for her, I do hope that someone is also posting some warnings about how careful you have to be advertising for stuff like this. There are just too many crazy people out there to be putting too much of yourself out there. Just be careful about who you respond to in situations like this.

  • Gordon January 2nd, 2014 at 11:22 AM #3

    I would never want my own kids to feel like they had to resort to adverstising for love and affection. Her parents should feel so ashamed of themselves.

  • tanya January 2nd, 2014 at 12:13 PM #4

    omg this is such a nice story! Im so glad she found nice people

  • Bea a January 2nd, 2014 at 8:14 PM #5

    Good for you Jackie for reaching out. It seems your courage has blessed others too. You act became an act of kindness and love for others. You will make a great counselor. We can not help others if we do not have some kind of experience in helping others. I know you are a bright girl and knew you would have to be careful about the people who responded to you. Praise God may your happiness extend throughout today and the rest of your life. You will be an awesome role model, counselor, friend, mother and wife. May our God bless you abudently!

  • Bea a January 2nd, 2014 at 8:19 PM #6

    Good for you Jackie for reaching out. It seems your courage has blessed others too. Your act became an act of kindness and love for others. You will make a great counselor. We can not help others if we do not have some kind of experience or go throug trials ans tests. I know you are a bright girl and knew you would have to be careful about the people who responded to your Craig list post. Praise God may your happiness extend throughout today and the rest of your life. You will be an awesome role model, counselor, friend, mother and wife. May our God bless you abudently!

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