Grandma and man accidentally texted for Thanksgiving to reunite for 8th year Jamal Hinton and Wanda Dench are set to continue their Thanksgiving tradition for the eighth consecutive year. What began as an accidental text message has blossomed into a heartwarming friendship. In 2016, Dench, from Mesa, Arizona, meant to invite her grandson to Thanksgiving dinner. However, she accidentally sent the invitation to Hinton, who was 17 at the time and received the message while in class. Realizing the mistake, the two exchanged selfies and Hinton asked if he could still join. Dench responded with typical grandmotherly warmth, saying, "Of course you can.
That's what grandmas do... feed everyone." Since then, Hinton has shared their annual Thanksgiving gatherings on social media. Despite the passing of Dench's husband, the pair continued to spend the holiday together, forming a bond that extended beyond Thanksgiving.
In a 2020 post, Hinton expressed gratitude for the people in their lives and paid tribute to those they had lost that year. In a recent interview, Dench reflected on their friendship and acknowledged the positive influence Hinton has had on her life. She expressed gratitude for the chance encounter, stating that inviting him over for dinner was a decision that changed her perspective on the younger generation. As Thanksgiving approaches, Hinton excitedly announced their plans for yet another year of celebration, emphasizing the surprise in store. This accidental text message has not only created a heartwarming Thanksgiving tradition but also brought two unlikely friends together, reminding us of the unexpected connections that can be formed in the most serendipitous of ways.