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Febbraro sent more than a thousand letters with friendly messages to different parts of the world. 700 of the recipients followed up with the idea, sending letters around the globe. The success of the initiative was such that Febbraro was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and a hundred countries adopted July 20 as the International Day of the Friend.
• The first country to officially recognize Friend's Day was Argentina, with its decree No. 235/79.
• The motto that Febbraro proposed for Friend's Day was: A people of friends is an unbeatable nation.