Neal Shytles has been living in a homeless shelter in Norfolk, Virginia for a year and a half.

A ‘Lonely’ Homeless Man is Invited To Thanksgiving Dinner So He Can Have the Holiday He Deserves

This year, one man has two people to be thankful for.

Neal Shytles

Neal Shytles of Norfolk, Virginia, usually spends his holidays by himself as he is homeless with no family living nearby, WTKR reported.

“I am lonely like 365 days a year but Christmas and Thanksgiving are two of the worst days, and I really miss having some kind of family atmosphere around me,” Shytles told WTKR.

Wishing for a traditional Thanksgiving with others, Shytles posted an ad on his local news station’s Facebook page, asking to spend the holiday with a family, the outlet reported. While the ad attracted several volunteers offering to take him in as a guest, Ashley and Cory LeMore of Newport News, Virginia, contacted Shytles first. The couple plans on hosting him at their Thanksgiving table.

Neal Shytles thanksgiving letter

“I was crying when she called me and I had to excuse myself because I was emotional,” Shytle told WTKR about the moment he first heard the LeMores’ offer.

The LeMores will make a trip to Shytle’s town to pick him up and bring him to their home for the holiday, where he’ll finally be surrounded by the family atmosphere he was looking for — something he says he’s overjoyed with.

“I love both you and your husband even though I haven’t met you,” the Virginia man told WTKR of his gratitude toward Ashley and her husband. “Thank you so much. It means a lot to me.”

While Shytle says he’s ecstatic about having a family to spend Thanksgiving with, he’s not the only one excited about it.

“I just look forward to having him in our house and a part of our family for the day,” Ashley told the outlet.

How lovely to see a man in need of human-kindness receive such a heart-warming blessing. Way to go, Ashley and Corey! 🙂

Sources: Kristi Jo Jedlicki’s submission via HuffPo and WTKR.



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