Wanda Dench and Jamal Hinton were complete strangers prior to sharing a Thanksgiving meal at Dench’s home on Thursday. However they plan to continue their friendship after an accidental text turned into a message of kindness.
When Dench sent out info regarding her Thanksgiving plans through a text message, she intended to send it to her friends and family. She also accidentally sent it to a wrong number that belonged to a teenager. Surprisingly, he took her up on her offer.
Hinton, 17, received the invite and, after working out the confusion that Dench was not his grandmother, jokingly texted back, “Can I still get a plate tho?”
“Of course you can,” Dench wrote back. According to her, “grandmothers are expected to feed everyone.”
Their relationship has struck a chord with the country, which is experiencing increased political and racial tensions after a difficult presidential election.
“It gives me faith, a lot, in humanity because so many people have been kind,” Dench said.
When asked whether it was risky to go to a stranger’s house, Hinton grinned and nodded.
“Going to a stranger’s house? Yes,” he said. “I’m thinking the same exact thing.”
The two have received a huge amount of feedback over the internet, as their story went viral and inspired people during the holiday.
Dench got emotional while reading a portion of an email she received.
“What we all need to do is love, spread kindness and break bread together,” the email said. “You remind me of my mother — she was a beautiful soul.”
The two plan to continue their friendship, despite its unusual origin, as they are getting along so well.
“I just clicked when I met him and first talked to him,” Dench said. “Oh my gosh, I want to get to know this guy.”