Thirteen-year-old Cameron Simmons called police a few weeks ago after fighting with his mom. He told police he didn’t want to live with her anymore.
Policeman Gaetano Acerra told Cameron he was more fortunate than some.
“I said, ‘You have it good. You have a roof over your head,’” Acerra remembers.
But after bringing Cameron home, Acerra noticed the boy didn’t have a real bed. In fact, he didn’t have nearly anything he should for a bedroom.
“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.”
And that’s what he did.
Acerra bought Cameron a bed, TV, desk, and a Wii game console someone donated to him after Acerra told them about the story.
Now Cameron is sleeping like a King in his queen-sized bed.
“He said to me, now my back won’t hurt when I sleep.”
But Acerra said he didn’t help Cameron for the publicity.
“I did it because I could,” he said. “And it was the right thing to do and I think people should do things like this.”
Acerra’s generosity has gained him an unlikely friend. Cameron’s mother now has Acerra’s cell phone number.
He plans to provide Cameron with more furniture like a dresser and a mirror in the future.