You’ve probably seen the viral story over the years, but if not, here’s the rundown:
Back in 2016, Arizona grandmother Wanda Dench sent a text to her grandkids inviting them to Thanksgiving dinner. But one of her grandsons had recently changed his number, so her invitation went to a 17-year old named Jamal Hinton instead.
After they sorted out the mixup, Hinton had a question for Wanda: “Can I still get a plate tho?”
Dench stood by her invitation, telling Hinton that “that’s what grandma’s do…feed every one.”
And it’s not just Thanksgiving that they get together: Hinton has shared videos of the unlikely friends meeting up throughout the year, going to pumpkin patches and even trying to help Wanda set up her phone (and probably making sure she has her contacts listed correctly).
For everyone who thinks it’s just for the cameras and social media! We are so blessed to have Wanda and Lonnie in our lives and we all are so happy to know our story has touched so many people💛 pic.twitter.com/iapl88Gh6l
But this year there were a couple of new guests at the table: Jamal and Wanda partnered with Airbnb to give two lucky guests an opportunity to spend Thanksgiving with the pair, an experience that included the opportunity to not only have a Thanksgiving meal with the family, but also spend the night playing board games and telling stories – and of course, get in on the annual Thanksgiving selfie:
It’s one of my favorite feel-good stories every time it pops up around this time of year – and just goes to show that there’s still a lot of kindness in this world, despite what we see on the internet and in the news every day.