A Delray Beach Florida woman and a Rhode Island man share their story about the beautiful friendship sparked by the dialing of a wrong number.
Trying to reach her sister in Maryland Gladys Hankerson first called Mike Moffitt more than 20 years ago but dialed area code 401 instead of 410. Hankerson was surprised when a young man in Rhode Island answered.
"At first, it was just like her saying, 'Oh I'm sorry!' and she's really Southern, very hospitable, polite, very sweet, she's like, 'I'm so sorry, child!' and then she hangs up real quick." Hankerson, now 80, continued to dial Moffitt and he kept answering. Eventually he learned that Hankerson was a mother of 10 from Delray Beach, Florida. She told him that her son had just died, and she was trying to reach her sister.
Since those fateful conversations they became close, filling each other in when things happened in their lives.
Last week, on the day before Thanksgiving, the pair finally met in person. Moffitt surprised his longtime friend while visiting Florida with his wife and three children.
"I walk in and I said, 'I'm Mike from Rhode Island,' and she just threw her hands up and said 'I'm blessed.' Oh, it was such a great day, that was the happiest Thanksgiving there was, that made my day."
Later Moffitt shared a photo of him and Hankerson in a now-viral Facebook post writing, "There are incredible people in this world that are a wrong number phone call away."
Next time you get a wrong number you may want to think twice before hanging up :)