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People are performing random acts of kindness all over the country in response to the school shooting in Newtown. A Buffalo woman is carrying out the movement across Western New York.

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- All of the bad, the murders and tragedies at the local and national level, were starting to become overwhelming for Francesca Fuller.

"This has been a really hard Christmas for me to get in the spirit because everywhere I turn, it's sadness," Fuller said.

So Tuesday, she did something special for a handful of strangers at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia.

"Any person at the hospital who would come out and find something like this is incredibly deserving," Fuller said.

"We spent like the last three days driving around town giving out Dunkin Donuts cards for coffee and hot chocolate," Mark Fuller, her father, said.

Francesca Fuller started doing good deeds after she learned about a movement called 26 Acts of Kindness on Twitter.

"One of my best friends in Buffalo got one of the 26 acts of kindness," she said. "She pulled through Dunkin Donuts and the person in front of her had paid for her coffee. So she emailed me and sent me the article."

It started when news anchor Ann Curry encouraged her Twitter followers to perform an act of kindness for each of the 26 students and teachers murdered in Newtown, Connecticut earlier this month.

"I've been really looking for something to do with everything you see in the news lately and on Facebook, all the hate and complaining, I just thought this was perfect," she said.

Most of the acts have been small tokens. Tuesday, she left gift cards on the windshields of several cars. But Fuller says she's been surprised just how big an effect these small acts of kindness can have.

"At first I thought I'm never going to get to 26," she said. "I was emailing my girlfriend saying if you come up with an idea, send me a message. I said to my parents, think of things we can do to get to 26."

She reached her goal in three days.

"It just went from 26 acts to there is no end number to what you can do in the world," she said.

Fuller and thousands of others have chronicled their actions online.

"You just kept finding out more and more things on Twitter the people were doing and that was inspiring me to go out and do the same things they were doing," she said.

She hopes some of the people who left the hospital with an extra present on Christmas will start working their own 26 Acts.

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