One Reddit user got a merry Christmas surprise when Bill Gates turned out to be her Secret Santa on Reddit’s gift exchange.
After receiving a large FedEx box Friday morning, Aerrix opened it, peeled back the bubble wrap, and was greeted with a photo of none other than mastermind behind Microsoft. Aeerix immediately called her husband, a programmer, at work.
“Bill Gates is my freakin Santa!” Aerrix wrote in a Reddit post.
Redditgifts is a free online gift exchange between strangers around the world. Three years ago, over 89,000 people participated in the gift exchange, according to Reddit.
Gates included handwritten notes and several photos in the package, included a framed photo of Aerrix and her husband with Gates Photoshopped in.
In a letter, Gates wrote:
I can’t believe your Secret Santa left you hanging last year. To ensure you don’t lose faith in the Reddit community, I’ve enclosed several gifts that I hope you will enjoy. There are a few video games for you to play, some things to keep you warm, and three of my favorite movies for you to watch over the holidays.
I’ve also made a donation in your name to code.org, to help give more students the chance to learn computer science.
With best wishes from Seattle,
Bill GatesP.S. I wasn’t able to consult with the Sorting Hat, but I can tell you are quite clever – so I got you a pair of Ravenclaw slippers from Hot Topic.
Gates included a Cajun cookbook so Aerrix could channel her Louisiana roots, and a few gaming essentials: an NES Classic Edition, wireless XBOX One controllers, and XBOX One Minecraft edition (Attached note: “I love my XBOX and thought you might like one too” – Bill). There was also a Zelda tie blanket.
“I’m just blown away by his generosity,” Aerrix wrote.