Grandma And Her New Extended Family Member Join Forces For Another Thanksgiving Dinner
By: Eboni Walker
Two years ago a loving grandmother thought she was going inviting her grandchildren over for Thanksgiving at her house when she sent out a text saying the time and day.
Instead, she was inviting a stranger she had never met.
Arizona grandmother, Wanda Dench meant to text the Thanksgiving plans to her grandson, Brandon Burgoyne. But he had recently switched his number, and Jamal Hinton was assigned his old number.
The conversation between the two was hilarious.
“Thanksgiving dinner at my house on Nov. 24 at 3:00 p.m. Let me know if you’re coming. Hope to see you all. Of course, that includes Amanda and Justin,” Dench wrote.
“Who is this?” Hinton asked.
“Grandma? Can I have a picture? ”
After realizing that Hinton wanted her to send a picture of herself to prove she was his grandma, Dench sent a selfie of herself at work.
Hinton sent a selfie back to show Dench that he was not her grandson.
Despite the two not being related, they still decided to have Thanksgiving dinner together.
“Can I still get a plate tho?” Hinton joked.
“Of course you can,” Dench texted back instantly, “That’s what grandma’s do… feed everyone.”
The screenshot of their messages went viral on Twitter.
People everywhere were waiting to see the end result of the messages on the actual holiday.
“It was so unexpected, but she was just so sweet about it,” Hinton told PEOPLE. “It was a reminder that there are still some good people left in this world.”
Hinton also said that Dench is used to her husband’s friends over for dinner, so she didn’t mind having a friend of her own.
He added: “She is a very sweet lady, she told me her husband was a veteran, and she always invited his friends over for dinner, so she’s used to having a lot of people over. I just got a vibe from her that made me feel at home.”
Hinton brought his family over for dinner at Dench’s place, and the two said they had a great time.
“I honestly think we’ll hang out again. It’s the power of technology, you know? But for a good reason.”
Dench had great things to say about Hinton as well.
“I just clicked when I met him and first talked to him,” Dench told NBC. “I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, I want to get to know this guy.'”
“It gives me faith, a lot, in humanity because so many people have been kind,” Dench said.
Well, this year the two have come together again for another Thanksgiving dinner.
But, to our surprise, the two have been enjoying Thanksgiving together ever since their first dinner.
On the day of giving thanks, Hinton uploaded a series of photos of him and Dench. He captioned the photos as: “2016, 2017……2018,” with a heart emoji.
For the third Thanksgiving in a row, Hinton and Dench continue to enjoy each others company.
For the last two years, Hinton has brought his girlfriend along with him for the holiday.
2016, 2017…… 2018 ❤️ pic.twitter.com/0ZNA54uGAS
— Jamal Hinton (@kingjamal08) November 23, 2018
This year Hinton even hosted a “Q & A” for his Twitter followers.
“We are going to do a Q and A type video tomorrow for Thanksgiving with Wanda so if anybody has any questions or things you want us to talk about. Comment or DM me! Happy early Thanksgiving,” he wrote on Twitter.
Last year in an interview with Arizona Republic, Dench said Hinton kept their relationship going and she loved it.
“For him to continue with the relationship, I’m just really pleasantly surprised. We’re more of extended family and, best of all, friends.”
Hinton said keeping in touch with Dench meant a lot.
“She sent me a couple gifts cards for Christmas,” Hinton said last year. “She also talked to me around my high school graduation, and we’ve been keeping in touch here and there.”
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