Tom Wright-Piersanti

Tom Wright-Piersanti writes for The Star-Ledger and Religion News Service.

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New Jersey Family Sought $20,000 to Name Baby Girl

by Tom Wright-Piersanti 01-27-2014

Pregnant woman in a sunset in the park. Photo: Shutterstock / nacroba

Taking their cue from a tried-and-true fundraising technique, one New Jersey family tried to sell the right to name their baby.

The post on the Central Jersey Craigslist, which appeared Jan. 23, said a Jewish family had just given birth to their ninth daughter, and they were taking bids on the new name, starting at $20,000.

"This is an excellent opportunity for someone who did not have children, or someone looking to honor a relative, or even to honor someone who was killed in the Holocaust," read the ad, which has since been removed for violating the site’s terms of service.