Mistaken Thanksgiving invite that went viral to be turned into Netflix movie
NEW YORK - Netflix will tell the story of a now-viral mistaken invitation that has turned into a Thanksgiving tradition for two families.
The now-viral invite was sent in 2016, when Wanda Dench mistakenly sent a Thanksgiving dinner invite to a person she thought was her grandson.
That person happened to be Jamal Hinton, who was 17 at the time. Instead of un-inviting him, Dench still extended an invitation for Hinton to a Thanksgiving dinner.
"I was, like, 'wow, she is really nice, I should really go'," said Hinton at the time. "She seems really sweet. Just a nice lady, I guess."
"Grew up in a military family. My dad is Navy, so we would invite vets over that we didn't know either for Thanksgiving," said Dench. "I saw his picture, and even though I invited him, I did not think for a second that he'd want to come to my house after seeing my picture!"
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Six years later, on Thanksgiving 2021, Dench and Hinton were still honoring their accidental Thanksgiving tradition by getting together on Thanksgiving.
"It has been an amazing journey," said Dench.
"She is an amazing person. She is the best," said Hinton. "Me and Wanda will forever be friends."
Since then, their relationship has also grown into something even more than a once-a-year holiday get together.
"Now, we feel like we can talk about everything and anything. It has been amazing," said Hinton.
On Dec. 2, Hinton announced a new partnership with Netflix over their story.