Grandma and stranger to share fourth Thanksgiving together after accidental text

Grandma and stranger to share fourth Thanksgiving together after accidental text

A man and woman who first met when one of them received an accidental text from the other are to have Thanksgiving dinner together for the fourth year in a row.

According to ABC News, this unusual tradition among strangers first began back in 2016, when Wanda Dench, thought she was texting her grandson to invite him to Thanksgiving. However, Wanda got the number wrong and accidentally texted then-16-year-old Jamal Hinton.

Hinton, who hails from Phoenix in Arizona, was confused by the message at first, and wondered if it was his own grandmother sending him a message from a different phone.

Hinton responded to the message by asking for a photo to confirm if it was his own grandmother: but when Wanda sent a selfie, Jamal found the situation amusing and send a message back, telling Wanda that he wasn't her grandson, but that he would be delighted to attend her dinner himself.

Watch this news report about Wanda and Jamal's first Thanksgiving dinner: 

He was shocked when Wanda took his offer seriously and invited him round to enjoy a delicious meal of turkey, mash and pumpkin pie. Since then, the two have turned their unusual experience into a Thanksgiving ritual, and they've uploaded the pictures of their dinners in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Now they're due to dine together for the fourth year in a row.

Commenting on their friendship in a recent interview in a 2018 Q&A video, Wanda stated that her generosity and openness was a consequence of her upbringing.

Check out this video about Wanda and Jamal's Thanksgiving experience below:

Wanda stated: "We moved around a lot so I was always going to new places. And so strangers were not strangers to me. Family is more than blood," Dench added. "It's the people you want to be with."