Update: This Thanksgiving was one that Wanda Dench and Jamal Hinton will remember forever. Dench, the grandma who accidentally invited over Hinton for Thanksgiving, fulfilled her promise by saving him a plate and seat at the table. They greeted each other with a hug and spent the day eating and talking over dinner. Both of them are grateful for the encounter.
"I'd never seen her before and she welcomed me into her home," Hinton said to ABC. "That shows me how great of a person she is, I'm thankful for people like that." See photos of their dinner below and then read the original story between the two.
Original story: When Jamal Hinton received a text message invite from someone claiming to be his grandmother, he wasn't sure what to believe. To make sure the person had the correct phone number, Jamal asked for a picture and what transpired is both hilarious and heartwarming.
After receiving a selfie from his "grandmother," Jamal was sure the woman had the wrong number. "You not my grandma," he replied, before spontaneously asking if he could still "get a plate" for Thanksgiving. What the sweet grandma said in response proved she has a heart of gold.
"Of course you can. That's what grandma's do...feed every one," she wrote. For now, Hinton plans on still going to the grandma's house for Thanksgiving, he told POPSUGAR. The family members of the grandma are letting Hinton know more details.
Both Hinton and the grandma, Wanda Dench, appeared on NBC Nightly News and talked about their text message exchange. They both finally met, and now Hinton's entire family is going to Dench's for Thanksgiving dinner! Watch the heartwarming video below, and then keep reading to see the now-viral text messages, which have accumulated more than 190,000 retweets and 400,000 "likes."