Grandmother and man she accidentally invited to Thanksgiving in 2016 adding two guests to this year’s holiday dinner


In a heartwarming Thanksgiving tradition that originated in 2016, a grandmother from Arizona and the stranger she inadvertently invited to her holiday feast are gearing up for their eighth celebration together. What started as a simple text message mix-up between Wanda Dench and then-teenager Jamal Hinton has evolved into an enduring tale of unexpected friendship, capturing the internet’s attention year after year.

The viral saga began when Dench accidentally texted Hinton the details of her Thanksgiving dinner, setting the stage for an unlikely connection. Despite the initial confusion, the exchange took a lighthearted turn when Hinton humorously inquired if he could still snag a plate at the festive gathering. Little did they know, this humorous exchange would blossom into an annual tradition, creating a heartwarming bond that defied generational and cultural boundaries.

Fast forward to the present, and the dynamic duo is ready to welcome two additional guests to their Thanksgiving table. In collaboration with Airbnb, Dench and Hinton have opened their home to two strangers, extending the warmth of their tradition to new faces. The Airbnb booking, a nod to their enduring connection, offers a unique opportunity for others to join in the festivities and experience the joy of a Thanksgiving celebration with this unlikely pair.

Taking to social media, Hinton shared the exciting news, expressing gratitude for the unexpected friendship that has endured for almost a decade. The Airbnb listing reflects their shared love for meeting new people, emphasizing the inclusive spirit of Thanksgiving. “Our unexpected friendship may have started accidentally, but our love for meeting new people has kept it going strong almost a decade later,” the listing reads. “That’s why this year, we’re expanding our annual tradition and inviting new guests to spend Thanksgiving with us at Wanda’s home – because that’s what grandma’s do: feed everyone.”

As bookings for this unique Thanksgiving experience opened on Tuesday, the story of Wanda Dench and Jamal Hinton continues to inspire, reminding us all of the power of connection and the warmth that can be found in the most unexpected places. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, their tradition lives on, inviting others to join in the celebration of gratitude, friendship, and the joy of sharing a meal with loved ones, both old and new.

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