Teen who was accidentally invited to 'Grandma's' Thanksgiving has made it a tradition

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(CNN) After an accidental Thanksgiving invite in 2016 introduced Jamal Hinton and Wanda Dench, they are still going strong.

The two first met in 2016 when Dench, from Mesa, Az., sent a text inviting Hinton over for dinner. It was meant for her grandson, who had changed his phone number. Instead, Hinton got the message while sitting in class at Desert Vista High School.

The two figured out the mistake, then sent selfies to each other, with Hinton asking if he could still come over. Dench texted, "Of course you can. That's what grandmas do ... feed everyone."

Hinton took to Twitter to tell followers that the two are still celebrating the day together.

"We are all set for year 6!" he wrote, alongside a picture of a text message from Dench inviting him, his girlfriend Mikaela and his family over. He also included a photo of himself, Dench, Mikaela and Dench's late husband Lonnie, who died in April 2020 after a battle with Covid-19.

marchbook on November 17th, 2021 at 06:18 UTC »

This always makes me happy. I'm so glad they both just went with the holiday spirit all those years ago and chose to make it a tradition. I hope they keep it going for as long as they can.

BurlSwift on November 17th, 2021 at 05:36 UTC »

This is the kid that every time I see him he looks more and more like Bo Jackson.

bee144 on November 17th, 2021 at 04:53 UTC »

Love hearing about this every year. Especially after she lost her husband.

I wish the best for both of them