“We are all set for year 6!” Hinton, 22, of Phoenix, Arizona, tweeted along with a photo of himself, his girlfriend Mikaela and Dench, 64.
Hinton and Dench’s story first gained viral attention in 2016 when Hinton replied to Dench’s Thanksgiving invite that was meant for her grandson. Now, the former strangers have been sharing the holiday ever since.
“It has been an amazing journey,” Dench told Fox 10 Phoenix.
Hinton told the station, “She is an amazing person. She is the best.”
Hinton realized Dench’s original text from 2016 was a mistake after Dench sent a photo of herself to confirm if whether or not she was Hinton’s actual grandmother.
Somebody grandma is coming in clutch this year!! Ayee!!! pic.twitter.com/QGrx83nHLl
— Jamal Hinton (@Jamalhinton12) November 15, 2016
“[You’re] not my grandma,” Jamal replied with a laughing emoji.
Hinton sent back a selfie so Dench knew he was not her grandson. He then asked if he could stop by for dinner anyway and Dench welcomed him with open arms.
Since their first exchange, Hinton tweets a photo of himself with Dench enjoying their annual Thanksgiving tradition together.
Last year, Hinton posted a video on YouTube documenting the 2020 dinner he and Mikaela shared with Dench – months after Dench’s husband Lonnie died from complications of COVID-19.
“I want to say thank you to all of the people that sent their blessings and their condolences and their well wishes for me,” Dench said in the video.
“…It’s still going to take a lot of time…but when I get visits from these guys, it really perks me up,” she said.
Hinton shared this year’s Thanksgiving photo on Twitter with the simple caption, “Thanksgiving 2021.” Beside the new image was a picture from 2019 in which Lonnie appears.