Arizona Grandma Keeps Promise to Teen She Accidentally Invited to Thanksgiving
They first met when she accidentally texted him and invited him to her Thanksgiving dinner. And on Thursday, Arizona grandma Wanda Dench and teen Jamal Hinton brought their families together for a heartwarming holiday.
It was a turkey dinner the entire country was waiting for after a screenshot of their text message conversation Hinton shared to his Twitter account went viral.
Dench had meant to text the Thanksgiving plans to her 24-year-old grandson, Brandon Burgoyne — but he had recently switched his number and Hinton was assigned his old digits.
She realized the mistake when the two exchanged selfies — but when Hinton, 17, joked, “Can I still get a plate tho?” her response was immediate.
“Of course you can,” Dench texted. “That’s what grandma’s do… feed everyone.”
“It was so unexpected, but she was just so sweet about it,” Hinton previously told PEOPLE. “It was a reminder that there are still some good people left in this world.”
The two met shortly after their story went viral — and Hinton said they had a “great bond.”
“She is a very sweet lady,”the Desert Vista High School student said. “She told me her husband was a veteran and she always invited his friends over for dinner, so she’s used to having a lot of people over. I just got a vibe from her that made me feel at home.”
On Thursday, another picture shared to Hinton’s Twitter account went viral — this time, a shot of him and Dench together for Thanksgiving dinner.
“I just clicked when I met him and first talked to him,” Dench told NBC Nightly News. “I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, I want to get to know this guy.’ ”
Both say they plan on staying in touch after their viral fame dies down.
“It gives me faith, a lot, in humanity because so many people have been kind,” Dench told NBC.
“I honestly think we’ll hang out again,” Hinton added to PEOPLE. “It’s the power of technology, you know? But for a good reason.”