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May 08, 2014
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SC officer buys bed, TV, Wii for needy teen

A few weeks after a call, Officer Gaetano Acerra showed up at a needy teen's house with a truck full of gifts

By Carolyn Callahan
WISTV

SUMTER, S.C. — A few weeks ago, 13-year-old Cameron Simmons called Sumter police because he was upset after fighting with his mom. The teenager told police he didn't want to live in the house with his family anymore.

"I said, ‘You have it good, you have a roof over your head,'" said Officer Gaetano Acerra. "I told him I would try to help him out, and here we are now."    

The officer brought Simmons home, and realized the boy didn't have a real bed. In fact, Simmons didn't have nearly anything he needed for a bedroom. A few weeks after the call, Acerra showed up at Simmon's house with a truck full of gifts.

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