Homeless Man Asks For a Family Instead of Food on Thanksgiving

29 Nov 2014 by Aditi Galande, No Comments »
Neal Shytle's ad on Facebook asking for a family instead of food photo credits: http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/homeless-man-wants-food-thanksgiving-wants-family/

Neal Shytles’s ad on Facebook asking for a family instead of food
photo credits: http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/homeless-man-wants-food-thanksgiving-wants-family/

 

Neal Shytles is a 54-year-old homeless man who lives in the Norfolk, Virginia Union Mission Shelter. This Thanksgiving, he doesn’t ask for food, but a family who is willing to spend the day with him in their homes and celebrate the holiday.

“Neal Shytles posted an ad on the Facebook pages of local television stations around his hometown of Virginia Beach asking for someone to invite him for Thanksgiving dinner,” records GoodNewsNetwork

“I was very alone last Thanksgiving and really would not like to go throughout that this Thanksgiving… PLEASE, if you have room in your home and in your heart to share your Thanksgiving, I not only (would) be thankful, but would also consider myself blessed to spend this time with you,” states Neal Shytles.

Before Channel 3 came to interview him, he was already receiving offers from strangers to spend the day with him.

“The very first call he got came from a young military family, The McLemores from Newport News, 30 miles away. They offered to pick him up, and said another military couple with children would also be coming, fulfilling his wish for a “family atmosphere” at the table,” records Good News Network.

“The girl is a sweetheart,” said Neal Shytles of Ashley McLemore, who called the mission and spoke with Neal Tuesday morning. “I’ve been so blessed. I love the people here at the Christian mission, but I just wanted a home to go to,” says Neal Shytles.

But Shytles received more invitations.

““I’d like to donate a turkey and corn and potatoes to whoever takes him in, wrote Tanner Doerr‎ on WTKR’s Facebook page.

Shay Shannon Blankenship‎ from Chesterfield, VA, wrote, “For the wonderful man that wants family for the holidays: I’m in Chesterfield, and I’m willing to pick him up on Wednesday and he can hang out for thanksgiving with my family for a day or two. And then I will return him to where he stays. How do I reach him?”

“I want to send him a Christmas package,” commented Joe Walls‎.

A television station in Ohio said they would send a care package, and had set up a fund for him that people were already donating to.

Neal is trying to take it all in stride, but told the Good News Network, “I cried all day yesterday. I’m a big guy, but then the reporters were reading all the letters to me that they’d gotten.”

“Sometimes you don’t see the hearts of people until something like this happens,” he said after a long pause. “People do have big hearts.”

Shytles has already promised a family that he will spend Christmas with them.

His story has encouraged others to help the homeless and adopt them in for the holidays. One woman posted on Facebook, “I’m starting a program called Home for the Holiday in the Charlottesville area to help others get adopted! I would love this program to spread.”

Source: GoodNewsNetwork

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