Jamal Hinton and Wanda Dench will be getting together for Thanksgiving for the seventh consecutive year. This holiday tradition is shared by two families but it has been around since the beginning.
You have probably never heard of Hinton and Dench before. This holiday story sounds almost like a movie plot. Netflix stated last year that they will be making the story into a movie.
It all began in 2016, when Hinton and Dench first connected by accident via text.
Dench thought she was texting to her grandson about Thanksgiving plans. But, she accidentally sent the message to Hinton, who is a complete stranger. Although he didn’t act like a stranger, he jokedly asked if Dench could still attend the holiday, even though Dench wasn’t his grandmother. Dench assured him that she would provide a plate.
Hinton took a screenshot of the text mixture and it became viral. He drove from Tempe, Arizona, to Mesa, Arizona, to celebrate Thanksgiving with Dench, her family, and their children.
At the time, he was just a teenager. Now, he is 22 and shares his plans for Thanksgiving every year. The story has become a viral sensation every year. Hinton and Dench (65), have added Mikaela to their guest list.
Hinton, however, shared some sad news in 2020. Lonnie , Dench’s husband, had died of COVID-19. They were able to get together for the holiday in a smaller gathering to remember Lonnie.
With 142,000 Instagram followers, Hinton enjoys a large social media following. Fans of the tradition waited until Tuesday night when Hinton revealed that he and Dench had been on for the 7th consecutive year.
“To answer all of your questions, Thanksgiving year 7 has been planned out!” We will see you Thursday! He wrote, sharing an image of him with Dench.
Their annual gathering is the most talked about, but Hinton and Dench also hang out on other days. She even accompanied her to her first tattoo in September.
In a tweet, she explained her tattoo choice : “I got 3 shooting stars. Each represents my Guardian Angels of Heaven: my husband, who is a symbol of integrity, my mother, who was courageous, as well as my father, who is a symbol for unconditional love.
Hinton stated that he had a great experience tagging along.
Wanda deserves a big congratulations for her first tattoo! It was great having fun with her!
Caitlin O’Kane is a digital producer who covers trending stories for CBS News, The Update.