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Teen Spends Thanksgiving with Grandma Who Accidentally Texted Him

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Jamal Hinton and Wanda Dench went viral after she texted the teen inviting him over for Thanksgiving dinner, without realizing that she’d contacted the wrong number. Once the mistake was caught, however, Wanda invited Jamal over anyway- and it turns out the pair really did end up spending the holiday together!

17-year-old Hinton was surprised to receive a text from a number he didn’t recognize inviting him over for Thanksgiving dinner, but decided to have a little fun with the mix-up. He replied to the invite asking if he could “still get a plate” and was even more surprised when Wanda replied “Of course you can. That’s what grandmas do…feed everyone”.

It turns out Jamal really did take Wanda up on that offer- the two connected on Thanksgiving and Wanda now considers him her “honorary grandson.”

“I’d never seen her before and she welcomed me into her home,” Hinton told ABC 15 Arizona. “That shows me how great of a person she is, I’m thankful for people like that.”

Dench told NBC Nightly News that she and Jamal really hit it off after meeting. “I just clicked when I met him and first talked to him,” she said. “I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, I want to get to know this guy.’ ”

Both Wanda and Jamal plan on keeping in touch with one another.

Photo Credit: Jamal Hinton/Twitter