Homeless man’s Thanksgiving wish comes true after family invites him to dinner

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NORFOLK, Va. (Nov. 21, 2014) - Neal Shytles’ holiday wish came true.

He has no family nearby and has been living at the Union Mission for about a year and a half. All he wanted was a family to spend Thanksgiving with.

After WTKR reported on Neal’s situation, the station was flooded with calls and emails from across the country from people who wanted to share their holiday with him.

Ashley McLemore and her husband Cory, a military couple in Newport News, reached out to Neal first.

“He started crying and then I started crying and we were both crying,” Ashley McLemore told the TV station.

“Because we've been military and I identify with having to be away from your family and not having family around for the holidays so it kind of struck a chord with me,” she said.

They plan to drive to Norfolk Thanksgiving morning, pick Neal up and take him back to their home.

“They want to feed me lunch and Thanksgiving dinner so I’m getting a double blessing I guess you should say,” Neal said.

He had a special message for the couple.

“I love both you and your husband even though I haven't met you. Thank you so much. It means a lot to me.”

To reach out to Neal his address is below:

C/O Neal Shytles 5100 East Virginia Beach Blvd. Norfolk, VA 23502 (757) 627-8686

For more on the Union Mission Mission and to donate:


Click here to visit the Facebook page created for Neal. 

Source: WTKR

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