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In 2016, Wanda Dench texted her then 24-year-old grandson about the Thanksgiving dinner. In response, she received a message: "Who is this?" and everything changed.

Grandma And A Stranger Who She Accidentally Invited To Thanksgiving Share Their 6th Celebration Together

Some people are meant to come into your life, regardless of your differences. Some will give you a lesson, and others will teach you about love. That happened to Dench once this messaging confusion ended.

Wanda was sure her grandson was playing her, but when the two exchanged selfies, it turned out that the recipient was a 17-year-old high schooler named Jamal Hinton.

Grandma And A Stranger Who She Accidentally Invited To Thanksgiving Share Their 6th Celebration Together

Jamal then asked:

"Can I still get a plate tho?"

Grandma And A Stranger Who She Accidentally Invited To Thanksgiving Share Their 6th Celebration Together

Dench answered that it is what grandmas do, feed everyone.

And thus, a beautiful story of friendship and love started.

Grandma And A Stranger Who She Accidentally Invited To Thanksgiving Share Their 6th Celebration Together

Every Thanksgiving, Dench, and Jamal share a dinner, and this year was no exception. However, it is not all about the holidays. The two friends and people close to them helped each other through some hard times.

Jamal Shared Their Conversation On Twitter, And The Two Friends Went Viral

Grandma And A Stranger Who She Accidentally Invited To Thanksgiving Share Their 6th Celebration Together

Jamal shared the first confusing messages and continued sharing yearly updates about this magnificent, inspiring friendship.

Grandma And A Stranger Who She Accidentally Invited To Thanksgiving Share Their 6th Celebration Together

Wanda and her husband Lonnie welcomed Jamal, and even after the first encounter, he called them "grandparents."

Grandma And A Stranger Who She Accidentally Invited To Thanksgiving Share Their 6th Celebration Together

Of course, Thanksgiving dinner became a tradition, but accidental friends saw more of each other during the year. They all eventually became great friends, with the addition of Mikaela, Jamal's beautiful girlfriend.

Grandma And A Stranger Who She Accidentally Invited To Thanksgiving Share Their 6th Celebration Together

Then Covid came along, and things turned for the worse.

Losing Lonnie

Grandma And A Stranger Who She Accidentally Invited To Thanksgiving Share Their 6th Celebration Together

Wanda and Lonnie caught Covid-19, but Lonnie did not survive the virus. Jamal felt the pain, but still, he wanted to ensure that "Grandma Wanda," as he calls her, got all the care she needed.

Grandma And A Stranger Who She Accidentally Invited To Thanksgiving Share Their 6th Celebration Together

Thanksgiving in 2020 was the first one without her husband, so the whole day was dedicated to stories about the late Lonnie.

Grandma And A Stranger Who She Accidentally Invited To Thanksgiving Share Their 6th Celebration Together

He was included in any way possible, and Wanda sure found comfort knowing that she could always count not only on her family but accidental friends as well.

Thanksgiving Dinner Tradition Continues

Grandma And A Stranger Who She Accidentally Invited To Thanksgiving Share Their 6th Celebration Together

Talking to ABC, Dench said:

"Family is more than blood. It's the people you want to be with."

Grandma And A Stranger Who She Accidentally Invited To Thanksgiving Share Their 6th Celebration Together

Jamal and Wanda enjoy good conversations and good food, and all the updates from Jamal should serve as an inspiration and reminder that kindness could give you a friend for a lifetime.

Grandma And A Stranger Who She Accidentally Invited To Thanksgiving Share Their 6th Celebration Together

This year, Wanda was the one who confirmed the sixth family and friends reunion.

Grandma And A Stranger Who She Accidentally Invited To Thanksgiving Share Their 6th Celebration Together

If this story doesn't warm your hearts, especially with the holiday season in full swing, then there is no hope for you!

Grandma And A Stranger Who She Accidentally Invited To Thanksgiving Share Their 6th Celebration Together

We hope that Jalam and Wanda continue sharing love and understanding for many years to come!

Grandma And A Stranger Who She Accidentally Invited To Thanksgiving Share Their 6th Celebration Together
Grandma And A Stranger Who She Accidentally Invited To Thanksgiving Share Their 6th Celebration Together