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Thanksgiving Grandma and Man She Accidentally Met Over Text Reunite for 6th Holiday Meal


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Pass the turkey and some tissues, because the Internet’s most wholesome friendship has come together to celebrate their sixth Thanksgiving meal this year.  

Back in 2016, Jamal Hinton, now 22, and Wanda Dench, now 64, struck up an adorable friendship after she accidentally invited him to Thanksgiving dinner thinking that she was texting her grandson. 

When Hinton, who was taking a math test when Dench first texted him, asked if he could come over for the holiday meal anyway, Dench agreed. Their newfound friendship immediately went viral after Hinton posted their sweet story on Twitter and kickstarted a Thanksgiving tradition that has continued ever since.

That includes this year, when Hinton tweeted that they were “all set for [their] year 6” reunion on Nov. 14. He also shared a screenshot of his texts with ‘Grandma Wanda’ confirming that he and his partner, Mikaela Grubbs, would be visiting on Thanksgiving Day.  

Then, on Friday, Nov. 26, Hinton posted a photo set that included an image from each of their last five Thanksgivings, alongside a new selfie with Dench and Grubbs. “Thanksgiving 2021,” he captioned the post. “6 years strong.” 

Grubbs shared her own image from their gathering on Instagram that featured Dench holding a picture of her late husband, Lonnie, while Hinton held a painting of them all with a halo over Lonnie’s head.

She added, “It’s amazing seeing the impact these two have made on the world just being their wonderful selves.”


In April 2020, Dench’s husband died from COVID-19. “As some of you may have already found out tonight Lonnie did not make it…” Hinton wrote in an Instagram post after Lonnie’s death.

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