Grandma who invited wrong teen to Thanksgiving has him over third year in a row

Mail Online | 11/23/2018 | Reporter
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A mistaken text has led to a beautiful Thanksgiving tradition that first captured the hearts of hundreds of thousands of Twitter users and has now lasted for years.

Wanda Dench first showed what it meant to have holiday spirit when she accidentally sent a Thanksgiving dinner invitation to Jamal Hinton in 2016, thinking he was her grandchild.

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When the confusion was cleared up, Hinton sweetly asked if he could still reserve his spot at the dinner table, and the Arizona grandmother was true to her word.

Fast-forward three years and Dench and Hinton, now 19, are still breaking bread together on the holiday.

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Hinton tweeted a tribute to their enduring tradition on Thursday, sharing three photos of him and Dench from their three Thanksgivings together.

'2016, 2017...2018,' he wrote in the simple caption.

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Hinton then promised that he would be posting a video he filmed with Dench and her husband on Friday.

Dench has made Hinton her 'honorary grandson' since her legendary mix-up in 2016 and was more than happy to have him sit down at her Thanksgiving feast last year.

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'It was really nice having everybody here,' Dench told the Arizona Republic in 2017.

'We got to laugh about last year and reminisce about how it all blew up on our phone and how I had to change my number. We had a laugh and a good time.'

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'The world is becoming a better place than it used to be,' Hinton said at last year's Thanksgiving dinner.

'I'm loving it. I love that you don't have to know...
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