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Grandmother’s Accidental Text Turns Into Tasty Thanksgiving Meal For Confused Teen After Viral Tweet

“This has come out of nowhere for us, and it’s funny to my family,” her grandson Brandon Burgoyne told the Republic.

Ten days ago, Wanda Dench texted her grandson to remind him about the Thanksgiving dinner she was hosting. The only problem was Dench’s grandson changed his phone number last May, so the text went to 17-year-old Jamal Hinston instead. Hinston was understandably confused and tickled by the initial text exchange, a screenshot of which his posted to Twitter.

The tweet went viral and has since been retweeted over 210,000 times.

“I thought it was very odd that my grandson would ask for a picture of me,” Dench said later. “I was so embarrassed…so I said, ‘Sure, come on over. Grandmothers feed all.’ And he took me up on my offer.’”

Yesterday afternoon, the Arizona Republic reports Hinston made good on his promise and stopped by Dench’s Thanksgiving dinner, though he forgot the pumpkin pie he’d said he’d bring.

“We’ve got plenty,” Densch told him when he arrived. “Let’s got in and take a look at the turkeys.”

“Everybody seems so nice and sweet,” Hinston told a reporter who stopped by the dinner. “I’m happy to be here. I never met her before…and she welcomed me into her house, so that shows me how great of a person she is.

The only downside to the feel-good story? Hinston forgot to blur out Densch’s phone number in his initial tweet, so she received over 600 texts, many of which were from people asking if they too could join her for Thanksgiving dinner. Not that there were any hard feelings.

“This has come out of nowhere for us, and it’s funny to my family,” her grandson Brandon Burgoyne told the Republic.

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