Michigan woman's Reddit Secret Santa turns out to be Bill Gates who sent her gift haul weighing over 80 pounds

Every year, Gates along with his team does a lot of research about the recipient. Among all the gifts that Shelby received, she had memorabilia from favorite movies, books, and video games


                            Michigan woman's Reddit Secret Santa turns out to be Bill Gates who sent her gift haul weighing over 80 pounds
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A Michigan woman had her Christmas miracle come true and was gifted more than 81 pounds worth of presents by none other than Bill Gates. 

The woman has only been identified as Shelby who hails from the Detroit Metro area. Bill Gates joins RedditGifts' Secret Santa exchange every year, ABC27 revealed.

Reddit had also documented a delighted and joyful Shelby opening up her presents on Twitter. "Just when she needed it most, one lucky giftee struck Secret Santa gold & was blessed with the Christmas of a lifetime. Well done @BillGates," the comment stated.

Shelby spoke to MarketWatch.com and revealed, "I always thought it would be super cool to be matched with him someday, but I never really would have expected this to happen to me."

The number of presents that she received was so large that she was unable to fix the box inside her car. She had to resort to opening the items individually at the FedEx location to load them inside her car. 

Every year, Gates along with his team does a lot of research about the recipient. Among all the gifts that Shelby received, she had memorabilia from favorite movies, books, and video games.

The gifts also included a Harry Potter Santa hat and a giant Hogwarts castle along with an R2D2 puzzle that is no longer being sold. She also received a handmade quilt that showed scenes from Nintendo's iconic 'Legend of Zelda' video game series which she believes has been custom made.

Shelby was also given a crate full of memorabilia from the show Twin Peaks which included an LL Bean jacket that was worn by a crew member. Her holiday bonus also had five scripts from the second season of the drama.

One of the best gifts she received was a manuscript of F. Scott Fitzgerald's famous work of fiction which also had scans of the author's handwritten notes as he was writing the novel.

The gift also included a photograph of Gates signing a letter enclosed as proof and he wrote, "I know no gift will ever make up for losing someone so important to you."

"I was very sorry to hear about your mom and I've made a donation to the American Heart Association in her memory. I hope you and your family find your new normal this holiday season," he added in the note.

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