Human Interest Teen Who Was Accidentally Invited to 'Grandma's' for Thanksgiving Celebrates 6th Holiday with Her Six years after accidentally meeting through a text message, Wanda Dench and Jamal Hinton are maintaining their heartwarming holiday tradition By Joelle Goldstein Joelle Goldstein Twitter Joelle Goldstein is a TV Staff Editor for PEOPLE Digital. She has been with the brand for nearly five years, beginning her time as a digital news writer, where she covered everything from entertainment news to crime stories and royal tours. Since then, she has worked as a writer-reporter on the Human Interest team and an associate editor on the TV team. In her current role, Joelle oversees all things TV and enjoys being able to say she has to watch The Kardashians and America's Got Talent for "work". Prior to joining PEOPLE, Joelle was employed at The Hollywood Reporter. She graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelors in Television-Radio (and an appearance in the NCAA Women's Volleyball Final Four!) People Editorial Guidelines Published on November 25, 2021 07:31 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Jamal Hinton with Wanda Dench and his girlfriend Mikaela at Thanksgiving 2021. Photo: Jamal Hinton/Instagram With every year that passes, Jamal Hinton and Wanda Dench are increasingly thankful to be in each other's lives. The duo, who first met in 2016 after Dench accidentally invited Hinton over for dinner in a text message meant for her grandson, celebrated their sixth Thanksgiving together on Thursday. To mark the occasion, Hinton — who recently confirmed that they would be together for the holiday — snapped a photo with Dench, 64, and his girlfriend Mikaela at the gathering. "Thanksgiving 2021," wrote Hinton, 22, who shared photos from their previous five celebrations in the Instagram post. "6 years strong💛🦃" He also shared a sweet photo on Twitter, showing him, Dench and Mikaela smiling while holding up a painting and photo of Dench's late husband Lonnie, who tragically died in April 2020 after a battle with COVID-19. 'Year 6!' Teen Who Was Accidentally Invited to 'Grandma's' Thanksgiving Keeps Tradition Going The pals met in November 2016 when Dench accidentally sent Hinton, then 17, a text message inviting him over for dinner, instead of her 24-year-old grandson. There was some initial confusion, and the two sent selfies to each other that confirmed the mix-up. Dench later learned that her grandson had switched his number, but when Hinton asked if he could still come over for dinner, she texted back, "Of course you can. That's what grandmas do … feed everyone," according to ABC News. Jamal Hinton and Wanda Dench. Jamal Hinton Grandma Will Reunite with Stranger Accidentally Invited to Her Thanksgiving for 4th Year in a Row The two ended up forming an unlikely friendship, with Hinton previously telling PEOPLE that "it was so unexpected, but she was just so sweet about it." "It was a reminder that there are still some good people left in this world," he said. "She is a very sweet lady... I just got a vibe from her that made me feel at home." Wanda and Lonnie Dench with Jamal Hinton and his girlfriend Mikaela. Jamal Hinton Dench was also impressed by their first meeting, recalling to NBC Nightly News how she and Hinton had immediate chemistry. "I just clicked when I met him and first talked to him," she explained to the outlet. "I thought, 'Oh my gosh, I want to get to know this guy.' " Since then, neither has let Thanksgiving pass without continuing their annual tradition, even when Lonnie died from COVID. Each year, Hinton documents the holiday on his social media by snapping photos with Dench in her Arizona home. RELATED VIDEO: 'Thanksgiving Grandma' Keeps Tradition Alive Years After Text Mix-Up, Despite Pandemic He has also spent time with Dench outside of Thanksgiving, including in 2019 when he and Mikaela met Dench and Lonnie at a pumpkin patch, according to Hinton's Instagram. "Blessed to have such wonderful people in our lives," Hinton wrote of a 2019 selfie with Dench and her now-late husband. On Nov. 14, Hinton announced on Twitter that he would be meeting up with Dench on Thanksgiving for the sixth year. "We are all set for year 6!" Hinton wrote beside a screenshot of a text message from Dench inviting him for Thanksgiving once again, and a photo with him, Dench, Lonnie and Mikaela.