A homeless Virginia man reached out to a local news channel to ask if he could post an ad on their Facebook page to help him find a family to spend the holidays with, and now, it looks as though his wish has come true.
For a year and a half, Neal Shytles has been living at a Norfolk shelter after losing his 15-year job as a taxi driver.
“Everything that I’d saved up I started dishing out to people that were taking me in and everything was gone,” Shytles admitted to WTKR . “When I was dropped off at the front door here, I was one of these people that never thought I would be here.”
“This is bed 13,” Shytles explained to a WTKR reporter at Union Mission Ministries. “This is where I lived for a year.”
Now that the holidays have rolled around, Shytles says the only thing he wants is to find a family to spend them with. The only thing he knew to do, however, was to reach out on social media, so he contacted WTKR to ask them if he could post an ad on their Facebook page.
“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 said. “It would mean the world to me if somebody took me in. It hurts me to be alone, no family or nobody around. 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.”
According to reports, Neal’s heartfelt plea hit a nerve with someone in the Norfolk area, and he now has a people to spend the holidays with.
“I really appreciate, you know, you and WTKR because none of this would’ve happened,” said Neal. “You know, and I’m really thankful and it’s going to really mean a lot at Thanksgiving.”