When 13-year-old Cameron Simmons from Sumter, South Carolina called the police to tell them he was planning on running away, they immediately rushed to the scene.
Officer Gaetano Acerra answered the call and when he arrived at Cameron’s home, he decided to take a look inside. Before entering, the boy explained to Acerra that he had a fight with his mother and didn’t want to live in his home anymore, but when Acerra looked in the boy’s room, he understood the gravity of the situation.
Cameron’s room consisted of an air mattress that deflated during the night and almost no furniture. The bed gave Cameron back pain , and it was clear by looking at the home that his mother had fallen under difficult financial times since moving from Texas to care for a sick relative.
Acerra knew he had to help the boy after seeing his living situation, so a few weeks later he returned with a desk, a chair, a television, and a queen-sized bed for Cameron. He even gave him a Nintendo Wii that someone had donated after hearing his story.
“My heart went out for him,” Acerra told WIS-TV. “I thought the little things that he needed I could give him, to make him a happier kid. I didn’t do this for publicity or to get people to notice me. I did it because I could. It was the right thing to do and I think people should do things like this.”
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