For the seventh year in a row, an Arizona man celebrates Thanksgiving Day with a woman who accidentally invited him to her turkey dinner years ago. Now the former strangers still make it an annual tradition.
For seven years, Americans have been watching Jamal Hinton from Phoenix, and Wanda Dench’s story unfolds as Hinton continues to share their journey on Twitter.
“To answer all your questions: yes, Thanksgiving year 7 is planned!” Hinton tweeted this week. “Till Thursday!”
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The story of Hinton and Dench first gained viral attention in 2016, when Dench accidentally sent Hinton an invitation to Thanksgiving dinner meant for her grandson. Now the former strangers have not missed a vacation together.
“It’s been an amazing journey,” Dench told TBEN 10 Phoenix in 2021, as she and Hinton shared their sixth Turkey day.
Hinton told the station, “She’s an amazing person. She’s the best.”
Hinton realized Dench’s 2016 text was a mistake after Dench sent a picture of herself to confirm if she was Hinton’s real grandmother.
“[You’re] not my grandma,” Hinton replied with a laughing emoji.
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Hinton sent back a selfie so Dench knew he wasn’t her grandson, but asked if he could still come over for dinner. Dench welcomed him with open arms.
Last year, Hinton posted a video to YouTube capturing the 2020 dinner he and his girlfriend shared with Dench — months after Dench’s husband Lonnie reportedly died of complications from COVID-19.
“I want to thank all the people who have sent their blessings, condolences and well wishes for me,” Dench said in the video.
“…It’s still going to take a lot of time… but when I get a visit from these guys, it really makes me happy,” she said.
Apparently, Thanksgiving isn’t the only special time Hinton and Dench spend together. On September 8, Hinton retweeted a video Dench posted announcing that she had gotten her first tattoo at age 65.
“Guess who came with me?” Dench captioned the video in which Hinton appears next to her.
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On February 13, Super Bowl 2022, Dench tweeted a photo of himself sitting with Hinton, captioning the image: “GO RAMS!!!”
A week after last year’s Thanksgiving, Hinton shared the news on Twitter that he and Dench would be teaming up with streaming service Netflix.
“We thank you all for your love and support on our journey over the past 6 years,” Hinton wrote. “We can’t wait to tell our story on the big screen!”
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TBEN News Digital reached out to Hinton for comment.