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Bill Gates gives life saving Secret Santa gift to Reddit user

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Bill Gates, a philanthropist at heart, proves to be a generous and thoughtful gift giver in the spirit of the holiday season . One lucky Reddit user who participated in Reddit’s Secret Santa gift exchange was surprised with a few gifts from the richest man in the world, including one that saves lives.

Gates, known in the Reddit community as “thisisbillgates” played Secret Santa to Reddit user Rachel aka “NY1227” this holiday season. Grateful for her gifts, Rachel posted photos and a thank you reply to Bill Gates on the social news website Wednesday (Dec. 18).

Rachel received a travel book, Journeys of a Lifetime and a donation in her name to Heifer International, along with a stuffed cow plush toy. Heifer International is a charity that works to end world hunger and poverty by providing livestock, education and training to people in need. “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,” reads the donation card.

Rachel's initial response of shock and disbelief momentarily turned skeptical until she saw the included photo of Gates holding the stuffed animal and a sign. The gift package also contained a personal note from Gates wishing her a Merry Christmas.“I feel SO shocked and excited that not only did I receive a gift from Bill, but it was perfectly and EXACTLY tuned into my interests,” Rachel said in a post on Reddit.


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