Homeless man asks for family for Thanksgiving

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NORFOLK, Va. - A Thanksgiving adoption? Neal Shytles doesn't have much to his name.

"This is bed 13," he said, pointing out a bottom bunk at the Union Mission Ministries men's shelter. "This is where I lived for a year."

Neal is homeless and has been staying at the shelter in Norfolk for a year and a half now.

What he lacks in possessions, Neal makes up for with heart.

"You know, I'm grateful for even being here," he said.

It's a heart that is hurting.

He's surrounded by hundreds of people every day but still Neal said he feels alone.

"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," Neal said.

Last week, he reached out to WTKR and posted a wanted ad on Facebook asking for a family to take him in for Thanksgiving.

"It would mean the world to me if somebody took me in," he said. "Just for that one day, for a couple hours."

Neal grew up in Hampton Roads, graduating from Princess Anne High School in 1980 but said he has no family left nearby.

"It hurts me to be alone, no family or nobody around," Neal said.

It's a position Neal said he never thought he would be in.

After 15 years of driving a taxi, Neal lost his job and the bills piled up.

"Everything that I'd saved up I started dishing out to people that were taking me in and everything was gone," he said. "When I was dropped off at the front door here, I was one of these people that never thought I would be here."

He now rents a room at the shelter using money he collects from Social Security.

Lining up for dinner, Neal is thankful for every meal he gets.

But what he wants most is something money can't buy.

"It would mean so much, because you know like I said, I'm lonely and it`s just forming that relationship with somebody would be so important to me. It would mean so much and I would really cherish it."

Source: WTKR


  • Teresa Humphries

    This is about the homeless man, tell him Happy Thanksgiving,God Bless him,I live in South Carolina, so I couldn’t help but I will be praying for him!

  • Steve L Reid

    Homeless and no job!! All he has to do is go to local offices of trucking Co.s and go to work. I feel sorry for the guy and will pray for him to find someone to be with through the Holiday’s. No reason for a single guy not to have a job.

  • Talia

    For the people saying there is no reason for him to not have a job, he stated in the video he is on social security, he is disabled. Too bad he isn’t in Idaho I would take him in. Stop being so judgmental people, you don’t know the whole situation.

  • kyle hostetter

    I will be out of town for thanksgiving but we would love to have him join our family for Christmas I need to know how to contact him and where is he

  • Becky Wise Young

    I live in South Carolina, If You where Closer, You Would Be More Than Welcome To Come Join Our Family For Thanksgiving And Christmas.. Hope A Family Will Let You Come Spend Thanksgiving And Christmas With Them… Happy Thanksgiving And Merry Christmas

  • Bob's Pimp

    This guy should move out of the shelter and into a place that has Wi-Fi. Get into a game like World of Warcraft and BAM! Instant family setting during the holidays. Get to know your guildies, and communicate with them via video chat for the “face to face” socializing.

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