A New Jersey family posted a Craigslist ad auctioning off the chance to name their ninth child. The bids started at $20,000.
The money will go towards a good cause, says the unnamed Jewish family. They are planning on using the money to help pay tuition fees and for the cost of living in their home in Lakewood.
“This is an excellent opportunity for someone who did have children, or someone looking to honor a relative, or even to honor someone who was killed in the Holocaust,” the Jan. 23 ad read.
The post has since been removed from Craigslist for violating the terms of service. However, the man who wrote the ad contacted the Jewish News service JTA.org to confirm that the ad is real and the offer still stands.
The family received four offers before the ad was removed.
The family already has eight children and is now “out of relatives to name after,” the anonymous father said. He said they won’t accept “crazy names” like “Box” and that they prefer a Biblical name.
The family says they would treat whoever names their daughter like a loved member of the family.
“We’d stay in touch with her, invited her to the bat mitzvah, wedding, say Kaddish for them after 120 years,” the father told JTA.org.
Although a strange idea, it’s not an original one, the unidentified father admitted.
“About four or five years ago, I remember hearing in the news that someone else did the same thing. We’re a little rushed; we’d like to name the baby on Saturday. We tried to post it to eBay, but it was a little more complicated than we thought, so we posted it on Craigslist,” he said.
Those who would like to make a bid or make a suggestion for a name can email babyname@JTA.org.
Sources: JTA.org, NJ.com