115 baseball bats have been carved out from fallen limbs by a 12-year-old boy to help raised funds for victims after a huge derecho hit Iowa in August. The boy who goes by the name Tommy Rhomberg looked for a special way to help those who fell victim of the devastating storm.
We didn’t have, like, any damage to our home, but just driving around town there were people with half their house destroyed, and I just wanted to raise money so we could help them.Tommy Rhomberg
Tommy wanted to give a special birthday gift to his friend after the storm upended his birthday. He then thought about a homemade baseball bat, after all, that was his buddy’s favorite sport. Tommy made a baseball bat and named it “The Great Derecho.” Other people started requesting Tommy’s bat too.
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This inspired Tommy to make use of the opportunity to make more bats and raise funds for victims of the devastating storm. He used tree branches that fell as a result of the storm to make bats for sale. The money raised from these bats could be used to help storm victims. What a good idea!
Tommy has been carving bats in his leisure time and so far, this 12-year-old boy has been able to carve out 115 baseball bats and donate more than $2500. He believes that he has been able to help people with what he is doing.