'Accidental Thanksgiving' Grandma Loses Husband To COVID-19

Husband Of Grandma Who Accidentally Invited Teenager To Thanksgiving Dies Of COVID-19

April 9, 2020 Updated September 17, 2020


Jamal Hinton announced on Twitter that Lonnie Dench, his “accidental” grandfather, passed away from COVID-19

It’s a story that’s touched our hearts every Thanksgiving for the last four years. In 2015, Wanda Dench sent a text inviting her grandson to dinner. She didn’t know she had sent the text to the wrong number. But when Jamal Hinton answered and said he’d love to sit down to a family meal with the Denches, the exchange went viral and a beautiful tradition was born. Every year since, Wanda and her husband, Lonnie, have opened their home on Thanksgiving to Hinton, his girlfriend, and his family, and Jamal documents their festivities online. Now, Jamal has taken to social media to announce that Lonnie has died from COVID-19.

Hinton had been sharing updates about his “accidental” grandparents, both of whom contracted COVID-19, on Twitter.