A woman in Northern California has taken to Craigslist with an unusual Christmas wish. Jackie Turner would like nothing more than to have a family to be with for Christmas. The ad she posted to Craiglist inquires about “renting” a family. Her reason for wanting to rent a family is because she has never had a family who listened, cared for her or gave her the attention she desired.
On the outside, it looks like I’m the American dream kid,” she said. “But I have a back story that most people wouldn’t believe if they looked at me today.”
Turner has lived on the streets where she got involved in gang life, doing drugs and “just making a mess of my life” as she puts it. This lifestyle may have resulted from a childhood of abuse. Jackie says she was victimized in the broken home she grew up in. She was sexually abused, emotionally abused and physically abused. That’s when she began living on the streets to escape it.
Eventually life on the streets led to an arrest. Turner was booked on grand theft and spent about a year in jail for the crime.
When she finally got out, she began to slowly turn her life around. She went to a camp for troubled adults called Christian Encounter Ministries. She is now enrolled in college courses and even saves time to volunteer at a nearby arts studio in Rocklin where she lives.
Turner has stayed busy with getting her life on track, but still seeks the internal fulfillment she never had as a child. “There’s still something deep inside of me,” Turner said. “There’s this void, my biological parents aren’t here, and it’s kept this hole inside of me.”
Her Craigslist ad read: “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.” The ad offered to pay $8 an hour.
Turner would like her rental parents “Just to sit. Just to listen. 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.”
Dozens of families have stepped up since the ad was published and offered to take Turner in for Christmas.
Free of charge.