Recently, a troubled 13-year-old boy named Cameron Simmons decided to leave his home and family for some reason but he did a good thing before doing so, he called the police station. Cameron got Officer Gaetano Acerra on the other line and told him that he wanted to run away. Officer Acerra immediately went to the boy’s house to investigate the situation. After talking to him, Acerra found out that he had a fight with his mother and didn’t wish to live with her anymore.
He comforted the 13-year-old and went inside the house to investigate further. And that’s when he understood what exactly had been going on.
As it turns out, Cameron’s mother was going through some financial difficulty and had recently moved to Sumter, South Carolina from Texas. Due to that, the family had practically no furniture at home. When the officer went into Cameron’s room, he saw that his bed had a deflated mattress and there were no chairs, TV or a table.
Acerra talked to Cameron and told him that everything will be okay. Thankfully, the boy changed his mind and decided to stay put.
A week later, Cameron was surprised with a bunch of gifts from Officer Acerra. He got him a desk, a chair, a television, a queen-sized bed and Nintendo Wii that was donated by someone who heard Cameron’s story from Acerra.
“My heart went out for him,” Acerra said. “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.”
The story went viral and Officer Acerra was praised for his act of kindness.