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Grandma's text error leads to Thanksgiving friendship now in its 8th year

You may have heard this story before.

For the 8th consecutive year, Arizona grandmother Wanda Dench will sit down to Thanksgiving with Jamal Hinton, a young man she initially invited by text, mistakenly thinking she was talking to her grandson. At the time, Hinton was a total stranger, sitting in his high school classroom. And for the second year in a row, she will sit down to a holiday dinner at a table with an empty chair, signifying the seat occupied by her beloved husband, Lonnie, who succumbed to COVID in April 2020.

This year the two are inviting new friends to be part of their celebration. Here's more:


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