Iowa Boy Raises Money for Derecho Relief Making Baseball Bats From Fallen Tree Branches
A Mount Vernon, Iowa boy raised $4,000 for derecho relief by making baseball bats out of debris from the storm.
12-year-old Tommy Rhomberg made his first bat for a friend whose birthday was the day of the August 10 storm.
“Everybody started liking the bats so we just got a lathe and started making more,” Tommy told KCRG.
He sells the bats for $100, with $20 of each sale going to the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation - Derecho Relief Fund.
The rest of the money is going into supplies and Tommy's college fund.
“It’s always good to learn a new skill and it’s always good to give back when you’re able to give back so it’s just been a really fun thing to witness,” Amanda told KCRG.
Multiple businesses have agreed to match Tommy's donation, forming a total of $12,000 raised so far.
“There’s about still like 2,000 people on the waiting list,” Tommy said.
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