Arizona grandma, man she accidentally texted, to share Thanksgiving for 7th straight year since 2016

For the seventh year in a row, an Arizona man will celebrate Thanksgiving Day with a woman who mistakenly invited him to her turkey dinner years ago. Now, the former strangers continue to make it an annual tradition.

For seven years, Americans have watched Jamal Hinton of Phoenix, and Wanda Dench’s story unfold as Hinton continues to share her journey on Twitter.

“To answer all your questions, yes Thanksgiving Year 7 is planned!” Hinton tweeted this week. “See you on Thursday!”

Arizona grandma, she mistakenly sent a message for a Thanksgiving gathering for the 6th straight year

Hinton and Dench’s story first gained viral attention in 2016, when Dench mistakenly sent Hinton a Thanksgiving dinner invitation that was intended for her grandson. Now, the former strangers haven’t missed a holiday together.

“It’s been an amazing journey,” Dench told Fox 10 Phoenix in 2021, as she and Hinton shared their sixth Turkey Day.

Hinton told the station, “He’s a wonderful person. He’s the best.”

Hinton realized that there was a mistake in Dench’s 2016 text, as Dench sent a photo of herself to confirm whether she was Hinton’s actual grandmother.

,[You’re] Not my grandma,” Hinton replied with a laughing emoji.

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Jamal Hinton of Phoenix hugs Wanda Dench in 2021 amid their sixth straight year of sharing Thanksgiving together.

Jamal Hinton of Phoenix hugs Wanda Dench in 2021 amid their sixth straight year of sharing Thanksgiving together.
(Fox 10 Phoenix)

Hinton sent back a selfie so that Dench would know he was not her grandson, but asked if he could stop by for dinner anyway. Dench welcomed them with open arms.

Last year, Hinton posted a video on YouTube documenting a 2020 dinner he and his girlfriend shared with Dench — months after Dench’s husband Lonnie reportedly died from complications of COVID-19 It was done.

“I want to say thank you to everyone who sent their blessings and their condolences and well wishes,” Dench said in the video.

“…it’s still going to take a long time…but when I get these guys, it really makes me feel good,” she said.

Apparently Thanksgiving isn’t the only special time Hinton and Dench share together. On September 8, Hinton retweeted a video that Dench had posted announcing that she had gotten her first tattoo at age 65.

“Guess who went with me?” Dench captioned the video in which Hinton appears alongside her.

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On February 13, Super Bowl 2022, Dench tweeted a photo of herself sitting with Hinton, captioning the image: “GO RAMS!!!”

A week after Thanksgiving last year, Hinton shared the news on Twitter that he and Dench would be parting ways with streaming service Netflix.

Hinton wrote, “We thank each and every one of you for your love and support throughout our journey over the past 6 years.” “We can’t wait to tell our story on the big screen!”

Jamal Hinton and Wanda Dench are seen in 2015 as they continue their Thanksgiving Day tradition.

Jamal Hinton and Wanda Dench are seen in 2015 as they continue their Thanksgiving Day tradition.
(Fox 10 Phoenix)

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