Officer bought a bed and TV for boy who wanted to run away from home
When Officer Gaetano Acerra learned where the boy slept, he began gathering items for him and his family.
In 2014, Officer Acerra got a distressed call from Cameron Simmons, 13. The boy told him that he was upset after fighting with his mother and that he wanted to run away from home, as reported by WISTV.
The police officer immediately responded to the call.
"I said, ‘You have it good, you have a roof over your head,'" he said. "I told him I would try to help him out, and here we are now."
Officer Acerra truly understood the gravity of the situation when he looked into Simmons' bedroom.
The boy had almost no furniture he needed for a bedroom and his bed consisted of an inflatable mattress that deflated throughout the night.
"My heart went out for him," he said. "I thought the little things that he needed I could give him, to make him a happier kid."
A few weeks later, Officer Acerra showed up at the boy's house with a truck full of gifts.
"Bed, TV, desk, chair, a Wii game system that somebody donated to me because of the story I told them," the police officer said.
Simmons was very grateful and he told Officer Acerra that his back won't hurt anymore because of the new bed he gave him.
Officer Acerra said that he didn't help the boy for publicity or to get noticed.
"I did it because I could. It was the right thing to do and I think people should do things like this," he added.
Officer Acerra said that he's gained friend because of his act of kindness. He even gave his phone number to Simmons and told him to call anytime.
His generosity didn't stop there as he planned to bring the boy more bedroom furniture such as a dresser and mirror.
According to a spokesperson from the Sumter Police Department, Officer Acerra was receiving calls from people who also want to help Simmons and his family since the story aired.