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A year after accidental invite, grandma and teen share Thanksgiving again

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In one Arizona city, an accidental text message has led to a beautiful friendship.

Last year, Wanda Dench texted an invite to Thanksgiving dinner to a young man she didn't know, mistakenly thinking she was messaging her grandson. Surprisingly, the stranger responded: He said he didn't know Dench, but would come to dinner if the invite was still on the table. He did, and the pair became fast friends.

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This year, they did it all again. Jamal Hinton, 18, joined Dench and her family at her home last week in Mesa, Arizona, for their second Thanksgiving together, and the start of what appears to be a new tradition.

"My husband and I were really happy he came," Dench told CNN. "It was more low-key and quiet. We reminisced and talked about last year, how it was such a whirlwind. I learned a lot about the internet I never knew."

Hinton brought his girlfriend and a homemade pumpkin pie, she said.

Last year, their story went viral after Hinton shared screenshots of their text message conversation online. When he jokingly asked if he could still come to dinner, Dench responded in the best way possible: "Of course you can. That's what grandmas do ... feed everyone."

Written by: Rheana Murray, Today

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