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Viral Thanksgiving friends dine together for the seventh year in a row

Wanda Dench’s viral dinner invitation to Jamal Hinton is an accident that will soon trigger their seventh consecutive Thanksgiving this year.

The couple’s text exchange went viral on social media in 2016 after Dench, 65, mistakenly texted Hinton, someone she thought was her grandson.

Hinton responded with a selfie but asked if he could still get a plate from the Arizona grandma, who responded with a warm message.

“Of course you can. That’s what grandmas do…feed everyone,” Dench wrote.

Hinton, 22, confirmed this week on social media that the two, whose viral friendship regularly racks up hundreds of thousands of likes on Twitter each year, are ready for another dinner together on Thursday.

Dench’s Thanksgiving dinners have also included Hinton’s girlfriend, Mikaela.

The two continued their tradition in 2020 despite the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the dinner came months after Dench’s husband Lonnie died following a battle with COVID.

Hinton accompanied Dench, whose husband regularly joined the couple at the dinner table, as she honored her late husband and his parents with her first tattoo in September.

“I have three shooting stars,” Dench wrote on Twitter.

“Each represents my guardian angels in heaven – my husband who represents integrity, my mother who was brave and my father who was about unconditional love.”

Their story is set to be made into a movie on Netflix, the company announced last year, and will explain how a deep friendship was formed despite the two having “very different backgrounds”.

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