What started as a text to a wrong number has led to years of friendship and shared Thanksgiving meals for Jamal Hinton and Wanda Dench, a holiday tradition born from a happy mistake that’s gone viral every year since.
In 2016, Dench sent a text to a number she believed belonged to her grandson to invite him to Thanksgiving dinner at her home in Mesa, Arizona. Turns out, she accidentally texted Hinton, a complete stranger at the time.
Hinton asked who the number was and when Dench sent a photo of herself to him, he replied, “You not my grandma. Can I still get a plate tho?”
“Of course. That’s what grandma’s do … feed everyone,” Dench replied.
Since that text mixup, Hinton has received an invitation to celebrate the holiday with Dench’s family every year.
After he posted their text interaction on Twitter in 2016, the heartwarming story went viral, and on Sunday, he confirmed via social media that the duo will be sharing Thanksgiving together again.
“We are all set for year 6,” Hinton tweeted.
We are all set for year 6! 🦃 pic.twitter.com/wEQioizWGd
— Jamal Hinton (@Jamalhinton12) November 14, 2021
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SOURCE: USA Today, Gabriela Miranda