Everyone should always get a warm welcoming at the dining table for Thanksgiving, as well as the other 364 days of the year. This is why so many people always invite family and friends… and their friends’ friends too. Keep this tradition up, and you’ll wind up with a platoon for Thanksgiving every year! But coming together without letting human-constructed boundaries like race and age get in the way is what this holiday is all about. And you’ll definitely love this story about Wanda Dench, who accidentally invited Jamal Hinton over for Thanksgiving, and that tradition continues.
In 2016, Wanda Dench, from Arizona, sent this text to someone she assumed was her 24-year-old grandson.
She ended up sending the invitation to a perfect stranger named Jamal Hinton. At the time, 17-year-old Hinton was confused when he got the text. But little did he or Dench know that this was the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
Dench’s grandson had recently changed his number, and Hinton was the recipient of the old number.
Hinton asked his “Grandma” to send him a photo just so he could be sure this was indeed, his grandmother he was talking to. Dench was puzzled by the request, but she realized there was no reason why she shouldn’t grant his seemingly unusual request.
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She snapped a selfie at work and sent it to her “grandson,” and that’s when it all became quite clear.
Hinton realized the woman who had texted him wasn’t his grandmother. But he figured that she might have a tough time believing him. So, he decided to do something that would end up blowing her mind.
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He snapped a selfie of himself in class and pointed out that there had been a huge misunderstanding.
However, he saw no reason to let an opportunity like this go to waste. So, he asked her, quite adorably by the way, if he could still get some grubs. He never expected Dench to be the coolest grandmother ever and invite him anyway.
Dench found it in her heart to welcome the perfect stranger into her home for Thanksgiving.
Hinton met his new “family” members that year and was surprised by how welcoming everyone was. But the invitation wasn’t a one-time thing either. Hinton was invited back for Thanksgiving in 2017, and then again in 2018.