(Today's crumb comes from a faithful reader in Bloomington, Indiana.) Recently Cameron Simmons, 13, of Sumter. South Carolina, decided to run away from home. He didn't want to live there anymore, since his mom yelled at him for using his older brother's gaming system. But before taking off, he stopped at a convenience store across the street and called 911 to let them know his decision. Officer Gaetano Acerra got the call and met Cameron at the convenience store. Why did he want to run away? Cameron answered by taking Officer Acerra into his house to see his room. Acerra explained, "It had four walls, two windows and a hardwood floor. His clothes were in a black garbage bag. Why? His mom, who is a woman of faith, had fallen on hard times after moving from Texas to South Carolina to care for a sick relative. Officer Acerra convinced Cameron not to run away, and two weeks later he went beyond the call of duty.
He began collecting essential items for the family, and especially for Cameron's bedroom. On May 6, he returned to their home with a new bed, TV, desk chair and a barely-used Wii game for Cameron. "The kid was in tears," said Acerra. "He was just in shock, so happy." Since then, Acerra has obtained a three-piece furniture sent, an end table and a dresser. And for Cameron's older brother, who is 18, he got a queen size bed with frame and headboard. Most recently, Sumter police dropped off a bicycle for Cameron, and an air-hockey table for the brothers to play together. Their mom is very grateful. According to Acerra, "She said she's been praying for her boys, and could not be more happy."