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It’s a busy time with the holidays coming up. But it can also be a lonely time. And this year, a single mother from Victoria didn’t want her and her son to spend it alone. So she posted an ad on Craigslist seeking a family who might like to welcome them into their home on Christmas.

With her daughter spending the holiday with other family members, Autumn Mazzitelli knew she didn’t want her and three-year-old Jessiah by themselves, so she turned to Craigslist.

Mother and son seeking family to adopt us for Christmas
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?

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?

If you’ve answered yes to any of the above questions, look no further, you’ve found the perfect solution!

… This year, my older daughter is going to spend the holidays back home with her wonderful Papa… so it’s just going to be me and the little guy.

Mazzitelli told Global News, “I wanted to eat with people, even if I did not know them. I was going to actively choose not to be alone.”

And the response has been overwhelming, so much so she had to delete her post. “It’s been non-stop messages of gratitude, love and people’s stories,” she says. “I expected, maybe, a couple of responses, but instead I have received hundreds of invitations.”

She has now received close to 300 replies and dinner invitations from around the world. The responses ranged from typical, to some who had family stories to share, and those who had no one in their lives.

Mazzitelli has chosen to spend Dec. 24 and 25 four different ways. On Christmas Eve, she and her son will be celebrating with a large family. The following morning will be spent with a senior whom Mazzitelli connected with through her ad. She and Jessiah will go to a church gathering for lunch and that evening they will have Christmas dinner with two women who just lost their husbands.

“I have not exactly been dealt an easy hand in life,” says Mazzitelli. “But I have always been OK because of my outlook and the fact that I always reached out when I needed someone. I don’t really believe in being lonely. We live on a planet with seven billion people. How can we be lonely? We can only be lonely if we choose to be alone.”