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Arizona grandma accidentally invites wrong teenager to Thanksgiving dinner

MESA, Ariz. — A wrong text from an Arizona woman to a 17-year-old turned out to be a heartwarming story.

KSAZ reports that Wanda Dench thought she was texting her grandson when she sent details about Thanksgiving dinner.

But instead, 17-year-old high school senior Jamal Hinton got the random message while in class.

Hinton texted back asking who it was, and Dench responded with: “It’s your grandma.”

Hinton asked for her picture “just to double check.”

Dench responded with a photo. Hinton then sent her a photo of himself to establish that they were not related. But he figured he would ask if the offer for Thanksgiving dinner still stood.

Dench, a complete stranger, said she would still save a plate for him because “that’s what grandmas do. Feed everyone.”

“I was, like, ‘Wow, she is really nice, I should really go’,” Hinton told KSAZ. “She seems really sweet. Just a nice lady, I guess.”

Hinton and Dench met on Wednesday for the first time Wednesday before having Thanksgiving dinner next week.

“So, it’s not uncommon, but I haven’t done that for quite a long time,” Dench said. Grew up in a military family. My dad is Navy, so we would invite vets over that we didn’t know either for Thanksgiving.

“I saw his picture, and even though I invited him, I did not think for a second that he’d want to come to my house after seeing my picture.”