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From text to table: East Valley Grandma makes good on Thanksgiving offer

Jamal Hinton and Wanda Dench met up for Thanksgiving dinner after their texting mishap. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Jamal Hinton and Wanda Dench met up for Thanksgiving dinner after their texting mishap. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
Hinton's family was not able to attend dinner on Thursday due to a scheduling conflict. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Hinton's family was not able to attend dinner on Thursday due to a scheduling conflict. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
"There are more nice people out in the world than I thought there were," Hinton said. "There are more nice people out in the world than I thought there were," Hinton said.
Jamal Hinton said he asked for a picture of "his grandma." (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Jamal Hinton said he asked for a picture of "his grandma." (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

The East Valley Grandma who accidentally invited a stranger to Thanksgiving dinner made good on her offer Thursday.

Jamal Hinton and Wanda Dench were strangers just a week ago but now they're breaking bread and the internet.

"This has really touched my heart, from all the people out there that have said the kindest things to me I never expected this in a million years to happen to me," Dench said.

"I love being here, I feel like we can connect more and bond," said Hinton.

The grandma from Mesa and 17-year-old high school student from Phoenix met after Dench sent an errant text firming up Thanksgiving plans, Hinton responded and selfies ensued.

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"Indeed it was not my grandma as we all know now and I sent one back so she could confirm that I'm not her grandson and I thought why not ask for a plate jokingly and she was very welcoming and let me in," Hinton said.

He posted their text exchange on Twitter and people could not get enough.

They say the reaction was overwhelmingly positive with many rooting for this epic Thanksgiving dinner to happen.

"I had no idea this was going to happen, I was just embarrassed that I sent a picture to a total stranger," said Dench.

Her family, though, was all for it. She says they've been supportive from the start and all of them have been having fun with all the attention.

Hinton's family was not able to attend dinner on Thursday due to a scheduling conflict and he admitted he almost didn't make it either.

"I'm not going to lie, I did think about not coming once because our families scheduled for the same exact time," Hinton said.

However, he figured two turkey dinners are better than one, especially because grandma was so welcoming.

"There are more nice people out in the world than I thought there were," he said.

There are plans in the works for the families to eventually meet. Hinton said they're trying to get together for lunch in the near future.

In the meantime, both Hinton and Dench say they've got a lot to be grateful for including each other.

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