When it comes to the holidays, most of us want to spend time with the people we love most.
Whether it’s with family, friends, or people within our community, everyone wants to be in happy company on Christmas day — like these shelter animals who just wanted a home for the holidays.
However, not everyone has a place to go for Christmas — and, as the brave mother in this story proves, that can be a hard reality to face.
That’s why this young mom took to the Internet to post a heartwarming ad, asking families to invite her and her three-year-old son, Jasiah, into their homes for dinner.
But before you judge her, know that she was inspired to do this for one very compelling reason, one that will both break and warm your heart…
Read on to find out what this mother has decided to do for Christmas, and let us know what you think of her choice in the comments below!
Autumn Mazzitelli, a single mother-of-two from British Columbia, Canada, had just moved to a brand new neighborhood, and found herself with nowhere to go for the holidays.
Her daughter would be spending Christmas with her father, and friends and family members were far away.
So, she took to Craigslist and posted an ad, looking for families who would invite her and her 3-year-old son over for a warm Christmas meal.
“Have you always wanted a daughter and grandson? Do you have a daughter and/or grandson, but they live too far away to return for Christmas this year?” she wrote.
“Do you miss the pitter patter of little feet and adorably mispronounced words of a three year old boy?
“Do you need a hand with dishes after sharing Christmas dinner with a (slightly) eccentric 30 year old single mother?”
Spurred on by her love for people and adventure, Autumn surely wanted to also create a new and memorable experience for her son.
“I would love to meet some beautiful humans to share Christmas Eve or Day with, hear some stories, sing and eat and laugh,” she had written on the ad.
“I want something different this year so I’m just putting my heart out there!”
Her Craigslist ad quickly went viral, attracting responses and invitations from hundreds of people.
But not everyone liked her post.
“I got so many people hating on me for being a ‘sh*tty’ parent for putting my kids in danger,” she told BuzzFeed Canada.
The truth, however, was simple: “It’s so easy to find oneself lonely at Christmas and I didn’t want to be lonely,” she wrote on Facebook.
Despite being flooded with negative messages, Autumn still received tons of invites from families all over the world.
In fact, so many people asked her over for dinner, she had no idea how to start responding!
Her post also inspired another kind of response: other lonely people reached out, looking to share their personal stories.
“I got stories of people’s families… I got stories of people who just lost their loved ones, I got stories about lonely, old men, who have nobody. Every kind of hurt that you can imagine,” she told Global News.
Though she has since deleted her original Craigslist ad, Autumn has provided an update: she will be spending time with “some kind women and an old man at an assisted living facility,” and with other single mothers.
We wish her all the happiness and cheer this holiday season, wherever she may be spending Christmas!
Please SHARE if you agree that no one deserves to be lonely this Christmas!