The Arizona grandma invited a stranger over for Thanksgiving. This led to a viral friendship.
Wanda Dench tried to reach her grandson for Thanksgiving dinner. What she didn’t know was that her grandson had gotten a new phone number, and his old one had been reassigned. Jamal Hinton, 17, received the message and instead of deleting it, he replied.
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.”
Hinton made it to the Thanksgiving holiday, and they struck up a friendship right away. They continue the tradition seven years later.
It’s been a story that has captured the hearts of Americans everywhere. Dench and Hinton are pursued by media every year to see if they’ve kept up their annual meeting, and they say they are genuine friends who remain in touch throughout…