Microsoft founder Bill Gates dons his Santa cap.
Until signing his full name and including a photo of himself, the founder of Microsoft was known only as “Bill” to a lucky participant in Reddit’s Secret Santa event. Reddit matched participants online around the world for the now record-breaking largest Secret Santa event.
The Reddit user who was matched to Gates is known as NY1227 and detailed her experience in the Secret Santa gift exchange. She notes Gates overnighted her present to her – a package that contained a stuffed cow, a book about traveling, a personal inscription, and a charitable donation on her behalf to Heifer International, an organization that gives needy families animals, seeds, clean water, and safe stoves, or a chance for girls to receive an education. The Reddit user noted she was “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!”
NY1227 still believed this “Bill” was just a “friendly fellow” until she saw the picture of Gates holding up a the stuffed cow and a sign wishing happy holidays.
“And then it finally hit me,” she wrote. “All the presents I just tore open, the charity, then everything…my jaw hit the EVER LOVING FLOOR.”
Secret Santa events are exciting because participants get to take time to learn about a person they may never have met before. Picking a gift for someone and seeing that person love the surprise gift is a real treat. Kudos to Gates for getting into holiday spirit.
“PS: Sorry for the Apple iPad on my wishlist,” NY1227 wrote. “That was really awkward.”