“A Reddit user named Rachel was shocked this week when she found out that the ‘Bill’ who was assigned to her in the website’s annual Secret Santa gift exchange was actually a billionaire,” Michelle Broder Van Dyke reports for BuzzFeed. “Bill Gates gifted her a stuffed cow along with a donation to the non-profit Heifer International and the travel book Journeys of a Lifetime. Plus there was a photo of him in front of a Christmas tree with the book, cow, and note.”
Rachel wrote an extremely excited Reddit post after receiving the gift, thanking Gates: ‘I am so very, very grateful for the amazing and thoughtful gift you have picked for me! Not only is the gift PERFECT from anyone, but I am sincerely very appreciative that you took the time to find something so fitting for me,'” Van Dyke reports. “It wasn’t clear how large of a donation Gates made to the charity, but Rachel speculated, ‘I can only imagine it was QUITE a bit.'”
“A spokesman for Gates told GeekWire that Gates hoped participating in the Secret Santa would bring attention to the cause,” Van Dyke reports. “Rachel ended her Reddit post with the best apology: ‘ps: Sorry for the apple ipad on my wishlist, that was really awkward.'”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Kudos to that ol’ thief Gates for so effectively spotlighting Heifer International.
Nearly 870 million people around the world don’t have enough food to eat. For close to 70 years, Heifer International has helped lift over 20.7 million families out of hunger and poverty.
Find out what you can do to help by giving a life-changing gift this holiday season: heifer.org/what-you-can-do/
And, yeah, Rachel, your chances of getting an iPad weren’t good. Good luck drawing Tim Cook next year!
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Phil Mills” for the heads up.]
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