A Phoenix teen who received a text invitation for Thanksgiving dinner from the wrong Grandma went anyway and was welcomed with a hug.
Jamal Hinton, a 17-year-old from Phoenix, received a text message on Tuesday, November 15, with an invite to Thanksgiving dinner. Not recognizing the number, the teen wrote back asking who it was, and the sender replied, “Your grandma.”
Wanda Dench of Mesa, Arizona thought she was inviting her 21-year-old grandson and his girlfriend, but he had forgotten to tell her he’d changed his phone number last May. Instead, the text went to Hinton.
Hinton asked her to text a photo, and when she sent a selfie from work, he wrote back with a laughing emoji, and his own selfie, stating, “You’re not my grandma,” and then added, “Can I still get a plate tho?”
Dench replied, “Of course you can, that’s what grandmas do… feed everyone.”
Enjoying the humor of the accidental invitation, Hinton tweeted out screenshots of the text exchange, saying, “Somebody grandma is coming in clutch this year!! Ayee!!!”
He accidentally forgot to delete her phone number from the screenshot, so Arizona Central reported that Dench received about 600 texts in a matter of hours, jokingly asking if they could also come for Thanksgiving. She had to quickly change her phone number that night.
On Thanksgiving Day, the new “honorary grandson” showed up for dinner at Dench’s home and was embraced and welcomed along with the rest of her family.
“I’d never seen her before and she welcomed me into her home. That shows me how great of a person she is. I’m thankful for people like that,” Hinton said.
Dench said she believes this was all planned by a higher power. “This wasn’t me, it’s come from God above,” she said. “He’s just using us as His tools and vessels to bring a message to others.”
Somebody grandma is coming in clutch this year!! Ayee!!! pic.twitter.com/QGrx83nHLl
— Jamal Hinton (@kingjamal08) November 15, 2016
So this just happened pic.twitter.com/zqElkMd6zM
— Certo Nego (@RonaldDoee) November 25, 2016
Stove Top Stuffing has gifted Grandma Dench with a year’s supply of stuffing!
— Stove Top Stuffing (@StoveTop) November 22, 2016
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