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For the Seventh Year, Grandma and the Man She Mistakenly Texted for Thanksgiving Reconcile


An unintentional text message sparked a Thanksgiving tradition that is now in its sixth year.

Jamal Hinton verified on Instagram Tuesday that he will spend Thanksgiving with Wanda Dench, who mistook Hinton for her grandson when she texted him in 2016 to ask him to Thanksgiving.

Hinton captioned a photo of herself standing next to Dench outside The Cheesecake Factory, ” “To answer all of your questions, yes, Thanksgiving for the seventh year is planned! See you all on Thursday!”


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When Hinton, a high school student at the time, got Dench’s text in 2016 with details about her family’s Thanksgiving preparations, he reacted by requesting a photo to clarify if the communication was from his own grandmother.

The photo was of a woman with blonde hair and glasses, not Hinton’s grandmother.

Hinton responded with a laughing emoji, “[You’re] not my grandma.”

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Hinton then responded with a selfie to inform Dench that he was not her grandson and asked if he might still stop by for dinner.

Dench responded, “You certainly can. That’s what grandmothers do: feed everyone.”

Hinton shared a photo of himself and Dench celebrating Thanksgiving with Dench’s husband, Lonnie Dench, and the interaction quickly went viral.

Since that 2016 text exchange, Hinton and Dench have spent every Thanksgiving together.

Every year, Hinton shares a photo of himself and his “second family” celebrating Thanksgiving together.

Even when Lonnie Dench died in April 2020 from COVID-19 problems, the families continued the custom.

In addition, Netflix revealed last year that Hinton and Dench’s narrative will be adapted into a feature film.

The movie, dubbed “The Thanksgiving Text,” will recount the true tale of how a “strong friendship was built between Wanda and Jamal, despite their extremely different origins,” according to the streaming portal.

“We are thrilled to tell our tale to the rest of the world. We hope it motivates more people to reach out and develop relationships they might not have made otherwise “Hinton and Dench made the announcement in a statement released by Netflix.

“We are extremely grateful to God for bringing us together through a misplaced text message.”

“The Thanksgiving Text” does not yet have a publication date.

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