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Posted: November 21, 2014

Homeless man’s Thanksgiving wish fulfilled by military family


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It turned out to be a very special Thanksgiving for a group of strangers in Virginia.

Neal Shytles, who is homeless, reached out to a local news station with his wish to spend Thanksgiving with a family.

Shytles told WTKR, “It hurts me to be alone.”

People from all over the country responded to the request, but a local military family contacted Shytles first.

Ashley and Cory McLemore welcomed Shytles into their home. They picked him up from the Union Mission where he currently stays and drove him to their home for Thanksgiving lunch and dinner.

Ashley McLemore says because they are a military family, they understand being separated from loved ones during the holidays, which motivated her to reach out to the homeless man.

Shytles has been touched by the outpouring of support. His story has helped increase donations to the shelter where he resides. In addition, the McLemore's started a fundraiser for Shytles, raising $400 in just two days.


Larry Crowe

Thanksgiving food

Larry Crowe

Thanksgiving food

This Nov. 2, 2009 file photo shows a Thanksgiving turkey. The average Turkey Day dinner will cost $49.04, or just 44 cents less in 2013 than it did in 2012. (AP Photo/Larry Crowe)

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