Back in 2014, in Sumter, South Carolina police officer Gaetano Acerra got a phone call from then 13-year-old Cameron Simmons. On the phone, Cameron told the officer that he didn’t want to live with his family anymore.
After the phone call, the officer decided to come around to Cameron’s place and see where he was living.
When he got there, he immediately went to Cameron’s room, and noticed that the conditions the teen was living in weren’t exactly great. He was sleeping on a bare mattress which he said often deflated during the night.
The mattress also gave the poor teen some pretty serious back pain.
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Apparently, his mother had fallen into financial difficulties since moving from Texas to care for a sick relative
“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.”
A few weeks after the phone call with Cameron, officer Acerra returned to his home with a whole bunch of gifts, including a bed, a TV and a Nintendo Wii game system.
Watch the video below for more on this amazing story:
Needless to say, the internet were more than pleased with the officer’s gesture.
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