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'Thanksgiving Grandma' Welcomes Strangers for Dinner

Wanda Dench, a woman from Arizona, has been opening her home to strangers for Thanksgiving dinner since 2016. It all started when she accidentally texted a teenager named Jamal Hinton instead of her grandson. Hinton jokingly replied that he would come to dinner, and Dench graciously invited him.


The two met for the first time on Thanksgiving Day, and they quickly hit it off. They bonded over their love of food and family, and they had a wonderful time together. Dench was so touched by Hinton's story that she decided to open her home to other strangers for Thanksgiving dinner the following year.


Since then, Dench has welcomed dozens of people to her Thanksgiving table. She has hosted people from all walks of life, including homeless people, refugees, and people who are simply lonely on the holidays. Dench says that she enjoys getting to know new people and hearing their stories.


"I love opening my home to strangers on Thanksgiving," Dench says. "It's a way for me to give back to the community and to show people that they're not alone."


Dench's story has touched the hearts of people all over the world. She has been featured in news outlets around the globe, and she has received thousands of messages of support. Dench says that she is humbled by the attention, and she hopes that her story will inspire others to open their hearts and homes to strangers.


Questions

What do you think of Wanda Dench's story?

  • Why do you think Dench decided to open her home to strangers for Thanksgiving dinner?

  • What are the benefits of opening your home to strangers?

  • What are the challenges of opening your home to strangers?

  • What can we do to help people who are lonely or isolated?




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