Grandma With Wrong Number Makes Thanksgiving Miracle

Hope she's making extra food this year
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 16, 2016 6:43 PM CST
Updated Nov 17, 2016 12:33 AM CST

(Newser) – Want to have a great Thanksgiving? Find a grandma—any grandma will do, apparently. Mashable reports that 17-year-old Phoenix resident Jamal Hinton got a text from an unknown number inviting him to Thanksgiving dinner. Jamal's friend Ronald shared the ensuing conversation on Twitter. The texter identified herself as "your grandma," but Jamal wanted a photo "to make sure." They exchanged selfies, which cleared things up pretty quickly, but Jamal wondered: "Can I still get a plate tho?" The grandma—who BuzzFeed identifies as Wanda from Mesa, Ariz.—replied: "Of course you can. That's what grandma's do...feed every one."

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The internet went wild for this example of grandmotherly kindness. One Twitter user called it "lowkey adorable." Another tweeted: "Nancy (she looks like a Nancy, so I'm assuming) is the MVP of grandmas." And while Wanda had to change her phone number after her texts went viral—Jamal tells Mashable "people were blowing up her phone with inappropriate things"—she hasn't rescinded his invite. Jamal is in talks with Wanda's actual grandson to make an appearance for the holiday. "Another plate on Thanksgiving is always great," he says. The hospitality is apparently not out of character for Wanda's family. "They adopt you into the family immediately," the girlfriend of Wanda's grandson tells BuzzFeed. (This unexpected shared meal also charmed the internet.)

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