Grandma and teen she accidentally invited to Thanksgiving all set for sixth holiday together

Family praying before Thanksgiving meal
Family praying before Thanksgiving meal Photo credit Getty Images

A tradition that started with a text.

Jamal Hinton and Wanda Dench first met in 2015 when Dench accidentally texted Hinton inviting him over for Thanksgiving, believing she was texting her grandson.

The pair have gotten together every Thanksgiving since, and this year will make it six, according to ABC 15.

Hinton tweeted that their plans to continue the Thanksgiving traditions this year.

Unfortunately, last year was the first time the pair celebrated Thanksgiving without Wanda’s husband Lonnie, who passed away in April 2020 due to complications from COVID-19.

“As some of you may have already found out tonight Lonnie did not make it,” Hinton tweeted in April of 2020. “Wanda told me all the love and support he was receiving put a huge smile on his face, so I thank every single one of you guys for that!”

However, the two still managed to come together, having a socially distanced celebration in Wanda’s front yard. She said at the time, “I can’t even explain how much joy I had, having good food with my favorite company. We laughed, we had a great time, we reminisced about the past. It was so good for all of us.”

Hinton said he was glad he could find a way to keep the tradition alive despite the challenges the United States has faced during the pandemic.

Here’s to year six!

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