For the seventh year in a row, an Arizona man will celebrate Thanksgiving day with a woman who mistakenly invited him to her turkey dinner gathering years ago. Now the former strangers continue to make it an annual tradition.
For seven years, Americans have watched Jamal Hinton from Phoenix and Wanda Dench’s story unfold as Hinton continues to share their journey on Twitter.
“To answer all your questions, yes Thanksgiving Year 7 is planned out!” Hinton tweeted this week. “See you on Thursday!”
Hinton and Dench’s story first gained viral attention in 2016 when Dench accidentally sent Hinton a Thanksgiving dinner invitation intended for her grandson. Now the former strangers have not missed a vacation together.
“It’s been an amazing journey,” Dench told Fox 10 Phoenix in 2021 as she and Hinton shared their sixth Turkey Day.
Hinton told the station, “She’s a Amazing person. She is the best.”
Hinton realized Dench’s 2016 text was a mistake after Dench sent a photo of herself to confirm if she was Hinton’s real grandmother.
“[You’re] not my grandmother,” Hinton replied with a laughing emoji.
Hinton sent back a selfie so Dench knew he wasn’t her grandson, but asked if he could come over for dinner anyway. Dench welcomed him with open arms.
Last year, Hinton posted a video on YouTube documenting the 2020 dinner he and his girlfriend shared with Dench — months after Dench’s husband Lonnie reportedly died of complications from COVID-19.
“I want to say thank you to all those people sent their blessings and their condolences and their well wishes for me,” Dench said in the video.
“…It’s still going to take a lot of time… but when I get visits from these guys, it really encourages me,” she said.
Apparently Thanksgiving isn’t the only special time Hinton and Dench share together. On September 8, Hinton retweeted a video Dench posted announcing that she had gotten her first tattoo at age 65.
“Guess who went with me?” Dench subtitles the video in which Hinton appears with her.
On February 13 Super Bowl 2022, Dench tweeted a photo of herself sitting with Hinton, captioning the photo: “GO RAMS!!!”
A week after last year’s Thanksgiving, Hinton shared news on Twitter that he and Dench would be partnering with streaming service Netflix.
“We thank each and every one of you for your love and support in our journey over the past 6 years,” Hinton wrote. “We can’t wait to tell our story on the big screen!”
Fox News Digital reached out to Hinton for comment.