سال ۲۰۰۹، یکی از کاربران ردیت، با الهام از یکی از سخنرانیهای TED، با عنوان «چطور خوشبختی را بخریم»، سایت redditgifts را راه انداخت. در این سایت هر کاربر برای خود، کاربر دیگری انتخاب میکند، تا آن کاربر تبدیل به بابا نوئلش شود و بسته به سلیقه خود هدیههایی برای او بخرد.
چه کسی است که از هدیه گرفتن بدش بیاید، انتظار برای هدیه و باز کردن جعبه هدیه، لطف خاص خود را دارد، در سال ۲۰۱۲، حدود ۴۴ هزار نفر از ۱۳۰ کشور دنیا در این برنامه شرکت کردند.اما امسال تا امروز بیش از ۱۲۱ هزار هدیه فرستاده شده است و ۱۶۰ کشور دنیا در برنامه شرکت کردهاند!
یکی از کاربران ردیت، با نام کاربری NY1227 هم امسال منتظر هدیهاش بود، بابا نوئل او شخصی به نام بیل بود.وقتی هدیه را دریافت کرد بسیار خوشحال شد، بسته حدود یک و نیم کیلوگرم وزن داشت، با باز کردن هدیه او نخست عروسک یک گاو را پیدا کرد.
یک کتاب از نشنال جئوگرافیک هم چیز دیگر در هدیه بود.
چیز دیگر یک کارت هدیه به یک بنیاد خیریه بود.
اما عکسی که او در انتها پیدا کرد، واقعا غافلگیرکننده بود:
عکسی که در آن بیل گیتس دیده میشد.
بله! بابا نوئل این کاربر ردیت، کسی نبود به جز بیل گیتس!
چیزهای خوب را باید کلون کرد، شاید روزی ما در ایران هم بتوانیم چنین سایتی راه بیندازیم، چه برای کاربران عادی، چه برای یک کارکرد اضافه خیرانه.
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Spoiler alert: Bill Gates did not get you, because he got me.
I want to start by giving a HUGE THANK YOU to Mr. Bill Gates for an amazing gift and secret santa experience. Bill- you ROCK (can I call you Bill?! I feel like we're friends now!). 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. I asked for a return address to send a thank you card to whomever my "Santa" was. I see that you did not provide one so I hope this serves as a proper thank you. Regardless, I'd still love to send a personal thank you if you want to give me your mailing address!!
I did not realize my santa was Mr. Bill Gates himself until very far into this. Here's my "journey" of discovery, sorry for the length but I thought many might be interested.
My information got pulled about 3 days after elf matching was done. My santa had not messaged me, but I knew I was super thorough and have a pretty good posting history so I wasn't too worried that my santa would stiff me. Finally, I received a shipped notification to my email on Monday- I was SO SO SO excited but even more excited when I realized A) my gift was being OVERNIGHTED and B) it was 7 pounds- OMG!
Of course life is life and I wasn't able to get to the gift until this evening (Wednesday night). I decided to document my journey, starting with the box. The first thing I noticed was a stuffed animal. 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. Next, I found the card. To me, from Bill. This still had not clicked, by the way, that it was Bill Gates.
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, nailpolish, glittery things to buy me. Quite frankly I felt bad for this "Bill" since I'm a self identified pain in the ass to shop for. I finally opened the card and realized that "Bill" (I use quotes, because like I said, I still didn't realize that this was THE Bill) had donated to a charity on my behalf.
The charity was/is Heifner International. I took a break from my present to research the charity a bit, and now the stuffed animal cow made sense. I was so excited, the cause seemed really worthy and amazing, and it is the season of giving. By the way, the charity "gives families in need the right tools- such as animals, seeds, clean water, safe stoves or a chance for girls to go to school." The last part was/is my favorite, since my master's degree is in education and I am SO into educational benefits for all. It makes me so happy that he was able to donate to a charity on my behalf that helped people with both needs and educational benefits. Nailed it, Bill!
By the way, in case anyone was being nosy it does not say how much he donated to my behalf, but I can only imagine it was QUITE a bit.
But I digress, back to the gift. Still not realizing who was gifting me, I quickly opened the bulk and weight of the gift, which was an amazing and beautiful travel book, "Journeys of a lifetime." I went on and on in my likes and dislikes for my love of travel and seeing the world, and I cannot WAIT to read this. Not only that, but I love pictures and reading up on new places. This gift was perfect! I quickly flipped through it, missing the inscription, message and signature from Bill on the first page, and headed to the final part of my gift.
Once again, To me, From Bill. I opened this and it's a man holding a sign. Oh….
and then it finally hit me. All the presents I just tore open, the charity, then everything– was from Bill GATES. I quickly went back to the book to see a really nice message and note from Bill wishing me a Merry Christmas and a Happy Birthday (not pictured, because I really want to keep one part of this gift to myself) my jaw hit the EVER LOVING FLOOR. I went back to all the other gifts completely shocked. Then I paused for a minute and thought, what if this is someone screwing with me. Well of course Mr. Bill Gates already thought of this and took a picture of himself with my stuffed animal and a sign and then sent me the stuffed animal and sign.
My god. Never in my entire life did I imagine, ever, ever, ever that Bill would get me. I am SO SO thankful for the time, thought and energy he put into my gift, and especially thankful for him over nighting it 🙂
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. My gosh, what a rush!! I cannot express how much I really loved reading about a new charity. By the way everyone, you should go donate too! http://www.heifer.org/
Thank you so much Bill for a fantastic and thoughtful gift. I'd really love to send a thank you card to you, but if not, I hope this post and message suffices. Thank you so much!!!!!! I will think of you every time I read my book, which will find a nice home on my coffee table once I'm done reading it.
10/10 would receive gift from Bill Gates again
ps: Sorry for the apple ipad on my wishlist, that was really awkward.
EDIT: I just got home to see this exploded on the news. To everyone requesting interviews with me, I appreciate the thought but I'm not really looking to exploit this into publicity. I've described my gift, my reactions, and my feelings as best as I can through my post and comments. There is really nothing left for me to say, except privately to Bill (I really hope I can call him that), which I have attempted to do. Merry Christmas!