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Grandma Who Texted Wrong Teen Spends Fourth Thanksgiving With Bonus Grandson

"I just feel my life has been enriched since he’s come into it,” Wanda Dench said of Jamal Hinton.

Former strangers Wanda Dench and Jamal Hinton continued their sweet tradition of spending Thanksgiving together — and it all started from one accidental text.

“I just feel my life has been enriched since he’s come into it,” Dench said of Hinton during an interview with local Arizona station azfamily 3TV/CBS 5 on Thursday.

In 2016, Dench, who thought she was messaging her grandson, sent a then-17-year-old Hinton a text inviting him to Thanksgiving dinner. Dench quickly realized she texted the wrong person after the pair exchanged selfies, but that didn’t stop her from inviting the teen over for dinner anyway. 

Hinton and Dench’s story captured the hearts of people everywhere after the now-20-year-old shared their text exchange on Twitter. 

Last year, Hinton told Dench that he’d like to host his “new grandma” for a Thanksgiving dinner. He kept his word. 

Hinton helped host Dench and her husband on Thursday for the holiday dinner, which was held at his girlfriend’s aunt’s house.

During the holiday celebration, Dench gifted Hinton a scrapbook capturing the family moments they’ve shared together since 2016. 

Hinton told TIME earlier this month that Dench is “a great person to just hang out with.”

He tweeted a collage of his Thanksgiving selfies with Dench on Thursday:

Until next year. 

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