Rachel — a Reddit poster who didn't give a last name — thought the guy named Bill who was serving as her Secret Santa in the website's annual gift exchange was just a nice-sounding young man.
A "friendly fellow," actually.
She said, in a Reddit post reported by BuzzFeed: "I thought Bill sounded like a friendly fellow. In fact, I had this whole image of this poor guy named Bill trying to navigate my wishlist full of makeup, nail polish, glittery things to buy me. Quite frankly, I felt bad for this 'Bill.' "
Then she opened her package and read the card.
"The first thing I noticed was a stuffed animal," she said in her post. "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."
Then, she read the card.
BuzzFeed reported: "To Rachel, my Secret Santa present to you is a cow. 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. Happy holidays, Bill Gates."
Rachel recounted on Reddit how she "freaked" at realizing the giver was billionaire Bill Gates — and then posted a quick thank-you note.
"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," she wrote, BuzzFeed reported.
Also in the gift box: A massive book, National Geographic's "Journeys of a Lifetime."
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