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Accidental 'Thanksgiving text' friends will celebrate for 8th year

​The tradition began in 2016 when Wanda Dench accidentally texted Jamal Hinton inviting him to Thanksgiving, confusing his number for her grandson's.
Accidental 'Thanksgiving text' friends will celebrate for 8th year
Posted at 1:03 PM, Oct 19, 2023

Jamal Hinton and “Grandma” Wanda Dench are planning to celebrate Thanksgiving together for the eighth year in a row, Hinton said on X Monday. 

The heartwarming tradition began in 2016 when Dench accidentally texted Hinton inviting him to Thanksgiving dinner, confusing his number for her grandson’s. After the two confirmed through selfies they were, in fact, not related, Hinton jokingly asked if he could still get a plate. Dench replied, “Of course you can. That’s what grandmas do…feed everyone.” 

The exchange went viral after Hinton posted a photo of himself and Dench enjoying Thanksgiving together, along with Dench's husband, Lonnie.

They’ve spent the holiday together every year since, posting a photo together each time. They even continued the tradition through heartbreak when Dench’s husband passed away in 2020 from complications of COVID-19. 

In 2021, it was announced that Netflix would be making a film inspired by the story of Hinton and Dench’s unlikely friendship. A release date for the film, titled “The Thanksgiving Text,” has not been announced yet. 

The pair have also partnered on business ventures, including launching a brand of alkaline water in 2022

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