Remember The Grandma That Accidentally Invited A Teen To Thanksgiving Dinner? Well, They Are Celebrating 7 Years!

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This is just the sweetest Thanksgiving story EVER involving an accidental text that turned into a 7 year story.

The story went viral when it first happened, and people eagerly await the news every year that the story is continuing.

It all started when Wanda accidentally texted Jamal, thinking she was texting her own grandson an invitation to Thanksgiving dinner.

Her grandson never got the text, but Jamal had the best response.

You not my grandma. Can I still get a plate tho.

Jamal Hinton text reply to Wanda Dench

Most of us would just say, “Oops, wrong number.” Not Wanda, however!

Of course you can. That’s what grandma’s do …feed every one.

Wanda Dench reply text to Jamal Hinton

So, they had Thanksgiving dinner together!! And, the next year they had Thanksgiving together. And, the next year …

This was SEVEN years ago — and they are set to celebrate Thanksgiving together again!

Things have changed a little. Wanda’s husband passed away in early 2020 from complications of COVID and everyone is a little older, but it is now tradition, and it continues — Wanda and her family will get together with Jamal and his family for Thanksgiving Dinner.

This just makes my heart happy!!

“Jamal taught me that age made absolutely no difference,” she told TODAY last year. “I love all of my grandkids and kids, but we all are different generations and we all reminiscence about different things. But when Jamal came along, my husband and I and him and his girlfriend, we would go out to dinner throughout the year together and we would just lose all track of time.”


This can teach us all a lesson that friends and family can be absolutely anyone at any time. You just have to take the leap, put yourself out there, and give the friendships a chance.

Happy Thanksgiving, Wanda and Jamal. We hope this story continues for years to come.

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