In 2016, Jamal Hinton was invited to Thanksgiving dinner at ‘grandma’s’ house by mistake and this year he will be celebrating his sixth year with the family.
Twitter users are ecstatic that the tradition has continued after all these years and have taken to social media to share their heartfelt messages.
How did the heartwarming holiday tradition start?
In 2016, Jamal Hinton went viral after getting a mistaken text message from a random phone number with an invite to Thanksgiving dinner.
At the time, Hinton questioned who the sender was after she said that she was his grandmother.
After selfies were exchanged, it was established that Wanda Dench and Jamal Hinton were not related. But he asked if he could “still get a plate” and Wanda was more than happy to oblige.
She said: “Of course you can. That’s what grandma’s do… feed every one.”
Jamal and Wanda have carried on the tradition for six years
Well, the rest is history as the heartwarming tradition has continued for the past six years.
Since he was 17, Jamal Hinton who is from Phoenix has spent every Thanksgiving at the Dench’s home in Mesa.
According to the New York Times, the pair would meet up for dinners and barbecues with their partners as their friendship blossomed.
Tragically, Wanda’s husband Lonnie Dench passed away after a battle with Coronavirus. In 2020, Hinton told CNN: “Lonnie was missing this year, and he was a big part of the Thanksgiving story and a big part of our lives, but that’s one thing Wanda and I know for sure. Lonnie would have been very angry if we didn’t have Thanksgiving together.”
Twitter users reacts to the sweet Thanksgiving tradition
Twitter fell in love with the unlikely friendship between the pair, and follow their story every year!
One user wrote: “6 years already?! If it’s taught us anything, is that life is precious. Enjoy your time together. Y’all will forever be a great example of kindness and compassion just because y’all chose it.”
While another tweeted: “This tradition brings me so much joy every year. And I love how she’s Grandma Wanda in your phone. I just wish her husband was still here, but he will be in spirit.”