Microsoft founder Bill Gates has been involved in Reddit's "Secret Buddy" game for another five years. This year Shelby, who lives in the state of Detroit, was the person who received a 36-kilogram box from the US millionaire.
On December 18, Shelby received a 36-pound box from a Reddit user named “thisisbillgates,” accompanied by a donation to the American Heart Association (AHA), in honor of the woman's late mother.
Shelby, who has participated in 95 Reddit gift exchanges, found several gifts and a personalized poster with a message written by Bill Gates.
The billionaire philanthropist makes a point of finding personal gifts for each recipient based on the questionnaire they fill out at the beginning of the exchange.
The 36-pound box was too big to fit in her car, so Shelby and her husband opened it at the FedEx location where it was being stored.
Among those present were a collection of books published in 2019, personally recommended by Gates; a Harry Potter-themed Santa Claus hat; Hylian Shield earrings, inspired by “The Legend of Zelda”; a handmade quilt with the same theme; an insect net; candy, Oreo cookies; toys for Shelby's cat, Emmy; a game of logic; eight books; a handwritten copy of “The Great Gatsby”; a candle inscribed with a passage from “The Great Gatsby”; two adult Lego sets about Harry Potter and Star Wars; and a set of memories inspired by the Twin Peaks program.
In a RedditGifts post, Shelby said Gates's AHA donation was the most significant gift she received after her mother died unexpectedly in March.