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The Best Way For A Wrong Number Text To End Is With A New Thanksgiving Tradition, And This One’s In Its Fourth Year

When Wenda Dench texted Jamal Hinton back in 2016 inviting him over for Thanksgiving Dinner, she had no idea she was setting up a life-long friendship. See, Dench thought she was texting her grandson.

But Jamal Hinton is not her grandson. Whoops!

Things could have been very awkward when Hinton showed up for Thanksgiving. But the mistaken text has actually resulted in a yearly tradition for Hinton and Dench—they spend every Thanksgiving together. And then some!

Hinton tells The Post he sees Dench “about once every two months,” despite the fact that they live in Arizona towns miles apart.

“We’ve become really good friends,” Hinton said. “Unfortunately, our schedules don’t usually line up too well and we live an hour and a half apart, but we have managed to have a couple dinners at her house and restaurants.”

Last month, the two even went to a pumpkin patch together, along with Dench’s husband, Lonnie, and Hinton’s girlfriend, Mikaela.

The tale of the mistaken text began in 2016 when Hinton, then 17 years old, received Dench’s text and let her know of her mistake.

“You not my grandma,” he wrote and asked for a selfie of the random grandma to prove the mix-up.

After they exchanged photos, Hinton asked if he could “still get a plate” of food at her house, and Dench invited him over for dinner. “Of course you can,” Dench replied. “That’s what grandmas do…feed everyone.”

In 2017, Hinton joined Dench for dinner again, bringing Mikaela. They also had Thanksgiving last year with both of their families, as documented on Twitter.

“I love when people tell me it restores their faith in humanity which I get A LOT,” Hinton said. “It makes me feel good knowing something I was a part of affected so many people in a good way.”


Patricia Grisafi

Written by Patricia Grisafi