It’s the holiday season that always brings together loved ones. But it can also bring you closer to a stranger that might end up becoming a part of your life. 

This has happened with a grandmother who has accidentally invited a stranger for Thanksgiving dinner. The best thing is that she has continued to invite him for years and now, it’s the sixth year. 

The pair have kept in touch over the years to celebrate the holiday together…

And is often a chance to reflect on all the things we’re grateful for surrounded by family and friends.

You may remember that a teen went viral for a cell phone number mishap that brought him and a random grandma together for the holidays.

The tradition began when Wanda Dench, now sixty-four, thought she was texting her grandson to invite him to Thanksgiving…

She asked if he was still coming to Thanksgiving at her house…

Hinton asked for a picture of his apparent “grandma” after receiving the accidental text…

“Yes, here I’m at work,” she replied.

“[You’re] not my grandma,” Hinton responded with a laughing emoji.

Hinton from Phoenix, Arizona, sent back a selfie to let her know he was not her grandson.

People loved Dench’s promise that Hinton could still come around for Thanksgiving dinner because “that’s what grandmas do… feed everyone.”

Dench said Hinton had indeed come over for Thanksgiving dinner…

And it was pretty heartwarming, to say the least…

But it turns out it wasn’t just a one-off thing…

Hinton has made that same drive every year since…

It seems the pair are showing no signs of breaking their tradition…

Hinton announced the sad news on Twitter…

He wrote: “As some of you may have already found out tonight Lonnie did not make it… he passed away Sunday morning. But Wanda told me all the love and support he was receiving put a huge smile on his face so I thank every single one of you guys for that!”

Dench still kept up the tradition despite the loss of her husband…

After seven months of grieving, Dench told CNN

“I wasn’t looking forward to it at first because Lonnie wasn’t going to be there. The past seven months have been so difficult, but this was really important to me.”

“I can’t even explain how much joy I had, having good food with my favorite company,” she said.

“We laughed, we had a great time, we reminisced about the past. It was so good for all of us.”

“At first it was sad. We had a photo of Lonnie at the table with a candle lit, and we were all shaky in the beginning but it lasted five minutes before we were back to ourselves,” Hinton told CNN. “We just told jokes and stories and shared our memories of Lonnie, so it was amazing.”

Hinton was also glad that they kept the tradition alive…

“Lonnie was missing this year, and he was a big part of the Thanksgiving story and a big part of our lives, but that’s one thing Wanda and I know for sure. Lonnie would have been very angry if we didn’t have Thanksgiving together,” Hinton told CNN.

And now, this year will be the sixth the pair have met up despite everything they’ve been through…

On Sunday, Hinton tweeted: “We are all set for year 6!” Along with the text message from Dench and an old photo of them together.

We hope their Thanksgiving is filled with love and laughter!