Every year, thousands of people participate in reddit's Secret Santa gift exchange. Although it is not a competition, the metaphoric brass ring goes to the person whose name is drawn by Bill Gates. The Microsoft founder and billionaire goes the extra mile to find out what the recipient would like and then sends multiple gifts. For 2017, that astonished recipient is VietteLLC. From her entry letter, and by checking her posting history and social media, Gates discovered her preferences, in particular that she dreams of opening a no-kill cat shelter. He made donations to three of her favorite shelters ($750 total), and send a giant Pusheen cat!
I could fit about 5 of me in the box I got. I did, in fact, stare awkwardly at the FedEx guy - I was so far beyond confused. Then I saw my Reddit username and apparently said “wwhaaatttt” in such a weird way, the delivery guy started laughing. I tried to pull it inside and I guess looked ridiculous, so the guy ran back up to help me lol
I figured it was some cat tower from Amazon prime - right? I mean - what else.. a gigantic cat? Let’s be serious. I instantaneously recognized the big grey blob shape and 2 tail stripes and, I kid you not, screamed like a little girl. I was over the moon, and immediately loved my mystery santa for all of eternity, for ever and ever. They CLEARLY knew my soul.
As Pusheen was being released from his box, I picked up a letter with a picture, and thought it was SUPER weird that someone was so obsessed with Bill Gates as to send me a photo of him. Then I just caught fragments of the letter all at once “a donation has been made” “bill gates”, and my cat’s names. It clicked and I started to burst out loud laughing and crying simultaneously. I was a cliché.