grandma and the man she accidentally texted for the holidays to reunite for 7th grade

grandma and the man she accidentally texted for the holidays to reunite for 7th grade
grandma and the man she accidentally texted for the holidays to reunite for 7th grade

An accidental text message led to a Thanksgiving tradition that now continues into its seventh year.

On Tuesday, Jamal Hinton confirmed in an Instagram post that he would be spending this Thanksgiving with Wanda Dench, who in 2016 thought she was texting her grandson to invite him to Thanksgiving while texting Hinton .

“To answer all your questions, yes Thanksgiving Year 7 is planned! On Thursday !” Hinton said in the caption of a photo that showed him standing next to Dench outside a Cheesecake Factory restaurant.

The two first met in 2016 when Dench, from Mesa, Arizona, sent a text inviting Hinton to dinner. It was for her grandson, who had changed his phone number. Instead, Hinton, who was 17 at the time, received the message while sitting in class at Desert Vista High School.

The two realized the mistake, then sent selfies to each other, with Hinton asking if he could still come over. Dench texted, “Of course you can. That’s what grandmothers do… feed everyone.”

Hinton has documented the holidays each year on his social media. In 2019, he shared a snap, writing, “Blessed to have such wonderful people in our lives.”

After Dench’s husband died, they spent the holidays together again.

“This Thanksgiving, and all the holidays to come, won’t be the same as the last, but we’ll make the most of it,” Hinton wrote in a 2020 post. we lost this year, you will be greatly missed. Thank you for being in our lives.”

In a 2021 interview with azfamily.com, Dench and Hinton reflected on their friendship.

“I would have missed out on a wonderful relationship,” Dench said, when asked what would have happened if she hadn’t invited Hinton years ago. “I’ve changed my perspective on the younger generation so much, and now that I’ve looked back on all those years, I haven’t changed their lives; they changed mine.”

GMA and CNN Wire contributed to this report.

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