Can you imagine what it would be like to get billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates for a Secret Santa?
Reddit Secret Santa gift exchange participant NY1227, known only as Rachel, can.
Rachel wasn’t expecting anything extraordinary when she saw the card accompanying the gift that read: “To Rachel, From Bill.”
The first thing Rachel saw when she opened the box “Bill” had mailed to her was a stuffed cow followed by a card indicating “Bill” had made a donation in her name to Heifer International, a charity with a mission to end hunger and poverty globally by providing livestock and training to struggling communities.
Next, Rachel discovered a large and obviously expensive book about travel, which is one of her passions.
It wasn’t until she dug a little deeper in the box that she came to realize her gift wasn’t from “just some friendly fellow named Bill,” but from an internationally-known philanthropist.
Included in the box was a picture of Gates holding the stuffed cow she had received and a large card which Rachel also found in the box.
“My Secret Santa present to you is a cow,” reads the hand-signed card. “Don’t worry, you will not have to build a barn. This cow will be given to a family in need, in your name, through Heifer International. It will provide them with income and dairy products, and it will help them help themselves.”
To say Rachel was excited to realize who her Secret Santa was is putting it mildly. Below is an excerpt from a post by Rachel detailing the experience:
And then it finally hit me. All the presents I just tore open, the charity, then everything — was from Bill GATES. I quickly went back to the book to see a really nice message and note from Bill wishing me a Merry Christmas and a Happy Birthday (not pictured, because I really want to keep one part of this gift to myself) my jaw hit the EVER LOVING FLOOR. I went back to all the other gifts completely shocked. Then I paused for a minute and thought, what if this is someone screwing with me. Well of course Mr. Bill Gates already thought of this and took a picture of himself with my stuffed animal and a sign and then sent me the stuffed animal and sign.
My god. Never in my entire life did I imagine, ever, ever, ever that Bill would get me. I am SO SO thankful for the time, thought and energy he put into my gift.
I feel SO shocked and excited that not only did I receive a gift from Bill, but it was perfectly and EXACTLY tuned into my interests. My gosh, what a rush!! I cannot express how much I really loved reading about a new charity. By the way everyone, you should go donate too! http://www.heifer.org/
Thank you so much Bill for a fantastic and thoughtful gift. I’d really love to send a thank you card to you, but if not, I hope this post and message suffices. Thank you so much!!!!!! I will think of you every time I read my book, which will find a nice home on my coffee table once I’m done reading it.
10/10 would receive gift from Bill Gates again
ps: Sorry for the apple ipad on my wishlist, that was really awkward.
Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.
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