When 13-year-old Cameron Simmons made a distressed call to the Sumter Police Department he didn’t know that he would be getting a friend. Officer Gaetano Acerra came to Cameron’s home and the young boy told him that he was so upset with his mom that he no longer wanted to live at home. He said his mother was yelling at him for playing his older brother’s video games. But Officer Acerra soon learned that there was more to it than that.
When Officer Acerra came inside Cameron’s house he noticed that Cameron’s bedroom was completely empty. He didn’t have a bed and his clothes were heaped in a trash bag. The officer learned that Cameron’s mom was having a tough time after having had to move to South Carolina from Texas to look after a sick relative. Officer Acerra thought he could help and decided to see if he could get furniture for the young boy. He came by a few weeks later with a bed, desk, chair and TV, along with a Wii game system. Cameron and his family were stunned. Cameron was especially happy about the bed and told the officer “now my back won’t hurt when I sleep”.
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