It's been less than a month since David Santucci, 27, was gunned down in the South Main district in what his friends call a "robbery gone wrong."
His friends, Drew Fryman and Justin Hurley, said they felt sadness and anger; they wanted to find a way to deal with the rush of overwhelming emotions.
"We were having a difficult time dealing with everything, and the way our friend lived his life was to help others," said Hurley.
Among other smaller good deeds, the two went out to eat with friends and tipped the waitress $100.
"We saw the reaction we got from our friends and how eager they were to participate, we kind of thought we might have came up with something special," said Fryman.
Fryman and Hurley turned an act of violence into an act of kindness: Operation Tucci was born. Nine days after being established on a Facebook page, it has more than 2,200 fans and countless posts of people nationwide doing their own good deeds.
"Rome, California, Florida, Kansas – the support we have gotten has just been unbelievable. It's heartwarming to see people are loving this message of spreading kindness," said Hurley, "Every time we get on there's ten more likes, there's a couple more messages. We're having a hard time keeping up posting all of them."
With each act, a note is left for the recipient: "David Santucci was a nurse who devoted his life to helping others. He was genuine, smart, funny and a dear friend of ours. This act of kindness was done in his memory."
"A girl we know went to Streetdog Foundation downtown and donated some treats and toys and things like that in Dundee's name; Dundee was David's dog," said Fryman, "Somebody took a bunch of old board games and games they had around the house and donated them to Le Bonheur (Children's Hospital) in memory of David Santucci. We have a picture of one guy who gave two tickets to the Tigers game to people."
The friends recently donated ten $50 gas gift cards to random recipients over the weekend.
Whether it is leaving a $100 tip or simply passing out water at the park, Santucci's friends say the size of the act isn't what matters: It's the message is sends.
"Make somebody's day, spread a little kindness, do a nice thing for somebody big or small," said Hurley, "If somebody randomly buys you a cup of coffee, you walk away thinking, ‘Man that was really cool.'"
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