Grandma Who Texted the Wrong ‘Grandson’ in 2016 Reunite for Bittersweet Thanksgiving 5th Year in a Row

Thanksgiving simply wouldn’t be the same without Wanda Dench and Jamal Hinton. Amidst a holiday season still stricken by pandemic, their heartwarming story continues to be a joy bomb for the soul.

Four years ago, Wanda accidentally texted a Thanksgiving invite to the wrong number, thinking she was sending it to family members “Amanda” and “Justin.”

Instead, 17-year-old Jamal Hinton was on the receiving end of this grandma’s mishap.

The Phoenix teen received the following text on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.

Jamal Hinton

Confused about how he got roped into the plans, Jamal asked who these people were.

The sender then identified herself as “your grandma,” and the texts that followed are PURE entertainment!


Jamal Hinton

At first, Jamal thought it might be his grandma. Still confused, he asked her to send a picture to make sure.


Well, that’s awkward…


Jamal laughed and responded with his own selfie to assure “Your Grandma” that she’d reached out to the wrong grandson. But not before requesting a seat at the table with Justin and Amanda!

“Your Grandma’s” sassy response was that of an experienced grandmother:


“Of course you can. That’s what grandma’s do…feed everyone,” she replied, with some skilled emoji usage to boot!

Jamal said that if the invitation still holds, he’d be thrilled to join the family for Thanksgiving. The randomly hilarious exchange quickly went viral, and the two haven’t stopped their Thanksgiving tradition ever since.

Wanda and Jamal celebrated their 5th Thanksgiving together in Mesa, Arizona on Friday. But this year’s get-together carried a note of bittersweet sadness. Wanda’s husband Lonnie of 43 years, who had attended all of the other gatherings, sadly died in April due to COVID-19 complications.

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