Teenager's heartbreaking plea on Craigslist for a 'family to rent' so she won't have to spend her birthday alone is captivating the country

“I just want one day that I can feel important and special, and like I matter even if I really don’t.”

That’s just one of the many heartbreaking sentences within 19-year-old Natalie Carson’s Craigslist search for a family — one she can “rent” on her birthday so she doesn’t have to spend the day alone. She says she usually tries to sleep through her birthday.

“I can pay $US8 an hour,” she ads. She turns 20 on June 10th.

Carson, who posted her ad in Denver, Colorado, explains she “aged out of foster care” and was never adopted so she spends holidays and birthdays alone. She was hoping someone would respond to her ad and take on the task of keeping her company on her birthday.

What she wasn’t expecting was an overwhelming amount of responses and national attention.

Thousands of replies came in via email, and some families “even offered to fly out to Colorado and bring lavish gifts,” ABC7 Westminster (a Colorado affiliate) reports.

It was covered extensively this past weekend, everywhere from The Daily Mail to Fox6News.

To The Daily News:

Carson ended up taking the ad down this past weekend because it included her personal email address, but that hasn’t stopped folks from posting their own ads on Craigslist, most of which are simply titled “Natalie Carson.”

Below is a sweet message from a Craiglist user who says she’s 21-years-0ld and wants to send some birthday gifts.

Here’s another from a Craigslist poster who says she’d like to help too. The common theme? No one wants to take Carson’s money to help her celebrate her 20th birthday.

Though they haven’t taken their trials to Craigslist, there are many young people like Carson out there, spending holidays and birthdays without a family.

Carson told The Denver Channel “people can support organisations like Urban Peak, a Denver shelter that has helped Carson along with many young people experiencing homelessness.”

And as for Carson, it looks as though her birthday wishes might come true this year.

“I felt like having one day where it’s OK, this is about me and it’s my birthday,” Carson said. “I don’t have this big elaborate plan or anything, I just wanted it to be good.”

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