Neal Shytles has been living in a homeless shelter for almost a year, and although he's grateful to have a roof over his head, his greatest wish is to have a family.

"I am lonely like 365 days a year, but Thanksgiving and Christmas are two of the worst days, and I really miss having some kind of a family atmosphere," Shytles said.


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Shytles reached out to local TV news station on Facebook, asking for someone to take him in on Thanksgiving, even for a couple hours, and Ashley McLemore answered the call.

Both Shytles and McLemore joined Doug McKelway on "America's News Headquarters" today to discuss their "wonderful" Thanksgiving dinner.

McLemore explained that the quote "I am lonely 365 days a year" broke her heart, and she immediately decided to open her home to a complete stranger.

"Socio-economic-wise, it doesn't really matter where you come from," she said. "There are good and bad people from all walks of life. And if we don't take those chances to meet new people, then we're really crippling ourselves."

She added that they come from a military family, so they understand what it's like to be alone on holidays.

Shytles said it was an immediate connection with the McLemores and they really blessed him with an incredible Thanksgiving.

"You don't know how much I love these people," Shytles said. "They're instant family, and I love them so much."

McLemore said that she thinks her family will be friends with Shytles for life, and he's welcome to come over for Christmas, next weekend, anytime he wants.

Watch more above and visit Union Mission Ministries to find out how you can reach out to someone in need.


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