'Operation Tucci' pays it forward in memory of respected nurse - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

'Operation Tucci' pays it forward in memory of respected nurse

Tip for Papa John's Delivery (Source: Operation Tucci Facebook) Tip for Papa John's Delivery (Source: Operation Tucci Facebook)
Friends describe David Santucci, 27, as a hard-working nurse with an admirable work ethic who devoted his life to helping anyone. Friends describe David Santucci, 27, as a hard-working nurse with an admirable work ethic who devoted his life to helping anyone.
Flying Saucer in Cordova (Source: Operation Tucci Facebook) Flying Saucer in Cordova (Source: Operation Tucci Facebook)
Operation Tucci in Atlanta (Source: Operation Tucci Facebook) Operation Tucci in Atlanta (Source: Operation Tucci Facebook)

Orginally published September 4 , 2013 - (WMC-TV) - From local elementary school vending machines to restaurants in Rome, a movement is paying it forward preserving the kindness of a young Memphis man.

Friends describe David Santucci, 27, as a hard-working nurse with an admirable work ethic who devoted his life to helping anyone – even complete strangers. Three robbery suspects are accused of shooting and killing Santucci on South Main Street a few weeks ago.

"He was already touching people's lives ... That he was such a caring person, and that he carried that over not only in his professionalism but his personal life," said Santucci's mother in a video interview in August.

Now, participants in Operation Tucci help carry on his caring personality with a simple idea: be kind.

The creator of the GoFundMe campaign, Nelson Glenn, writes several of Tucci's friends have gone around the city of Memphis leaving large tips for waiters and waitresses, buying someone's groceries, and other random acts of kindness.

Whatever the friends do, they leave the person a slip of paper with these words:

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.

Please take the time to spread this website! http://www.gofundme.com/41rrvk

But Operation Tucci is only a part of what will become the Tucci Foundation. The group hopes to host fundraisers, provide scholarships , and give other donations. As of Wednesday, roughly $3,000 was raised of a $20,000 goal.

See the video interview with the friends who started the pay it forward campaign on wmctv.com here.

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