Ladies and gentlemen, Bill Gates is Santa Claus.
At least he was for one night, when he played his part in a Reddit secret santa exchange, sending a Reddit user named Rachel the National Geographic book Journeys of a Lifetime, a stuffed cow, and a donation made in her honor to Heifer International. But it took Rachel a few moments to realize that "Bill" was in fact Bill Freakin' Gates. When she finally put the pieces together, she went to Reddit to share what she received.
“I thought Bill sounded like a friendly fellow,” Rachel said. “In fact, I had this whole image of this poor guy named Bill trying to navigate my wishlist full of makeup, nailpolish, glittery things to buy me. Quite frankly I felt bad for this ‘Bill’…”
“The first thing I noticed was a stuffed animal," she continued. "I didn’t know I gave off the stuffed animal vibe, but I excitedly added him to my collection of teddy bears and other delightful friendly creatures. Next, I found the card. To me, from Bill. This still had not clicked, by the way, that it was Bill Gates.”
Then it finally washed over her. “To me, From Bill,” she said. “I opened this and it’s a man holding a sign. Oh…. wait. holy shit. time out. and then it finally hit me. All the presents I just tore open, the charity, then everything— was from Bill GATES.”
Her post continued:
I took a break from my present to research the charity a bit, and now the stuffed animal cow made sense. I was so excited, the cause seemed really worthy and amazing, and it is the season of giving. By the way, the charity “gives families in need the right tools- such as animals, seeds, clean water, safe stoves or a chance for girls to go to school.” The last part was/is my favorite, since my master’s degree is in education and I am SO into educational benefits for all. It makes me so happy that he was able to donate to a charity on my behalf that helped people with both needs and educational benefits. Nailed it, Bill!
Rachel ended her post mentioning that she sent Gates a wishlist that had an Apple iPad: "Sorry for the apple ipad on my wish list, that was really awkward."
That was Bill's chance to show her the wonderful world of Surface. *cough*
Overall, it's an awesome story. Yet, what Bill probably wanted the most out of this was to draw publicity to Heifer International—which does deserve some attention. Click here to find out more about it, or head to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation website. If not them, there are a ton of charities to check out instead.
[via Reddit Gifts]