Online User Discovers Bill Gates Is Her Secret Santa

Taran Underwood

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RedditGifts Exchange gives online users a chance to send gifts to one another over the festive season. One lucky lady received the ultimate Secret Santa this year when she discovered that Bill Gates, the real Bill Gates, was behind the computer.

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The Microsoft founder sent Shelby 81 lbs worth of gifts which included a manuscript copy of The Great Gatsby, memorabilia from Twin Peaks and he even threw in some toys for her little cat. However, Gates gave a more personal gift to Shelby as well.

He made a donation to the American Heart Association in honor of Shelby's mother who had passed away in March. Shelby posted a thank you to her Secret Santa saying: "Bill Gates, you are a blessing. This year has been a complete rollercoaster of emotions for me; in March, I lost my mother completely unexpectedly only 10 days before my destination wedding."

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She continued, "It has been hard to drum up holiday spirit this year, and this has been a zap taser of Christmas cheer. I have felt like I've been on another planet the past few days and I still cannot believe how lucky/cool/honored/all the adjectives I am to have had someone craft such a special and personal set of gifts just for little ol' me. And your donation to The American Heart Association in my mom's memory is the most special gift of all. It means more to me than I can express."

Bill Gates participates in the RedditGifts Exchange every year and Shelby had always hoped that she would eventually match with him.  "I always thought it would be super cool to be matched with him someday, but I never really would have expected this to happen to me," she said.

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She then wrote on Reddit: "I'm full-force in my getting-ready-for-bed routine. I check my phone one last time and I spy an email alert informing me that my RedditGifts Secret Santa package has shipped! I log in and am a bit taken aback that the package is being FedEx overnighted - sounds expensive. I also noticed that it was being shipped from Washington state, and as a seasoned RedditGifter, I remark to my husband, 'Huh, wouldn't it be something if my Santa was Bill Gates?'"

The next day, Shelby went to pick up this package and when she arrived, the clerk yelled with excitement  "OH MY GOD! You're the BILL GATES package!!!!!! We've been waiting for you all day. Is this really from Bill Gates, or is it a hoax? Grab a cart because you're going to need it."

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It was a tight squeeze but Shelby filled up the boot and the car with gifts. She couldn't wait to get home and see what he had sent her. "I open the box and am immediately struck by a package that is literally lit up with a strand of fairy lights. Wow! I see the infamous Bill Gates letter placard and photo and my stomach flips."

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She then opened the card that was written by Bill himself, "Wow, I'm impressed that this is your 95th Reddit gift exchange! You seem like a very generous person, and I hope my gift makes you smile this Christmas. I've included some fun things to enjoy both at home and outdoors - plus a couple of great books I think you'll like."

He continued, "At the same time, I know no gift will ever make up for losing someone so important to you. I was very sorry to hear about your mom, and I've made a donation to the American Heart Association in her memory. I hope you and your family find your "new normal" this holiday season".

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Shelbys gifts included Bill's Deck of Books 2019, seven packs of assorted Oreos, a hammock (with bug net!), a plethora of Twin Peaks gifts including a shirt and sweatshirt; a book by director Jonathan Sanger and some memorabilia from his collection including 5 scripts from season 2 of Twin Peaks, and an embroidered L.L. Bean jacket worn by crew members during the second season of the show and much more. It's safe to say, Bill knows how to share the Christmas spirit.