12-Year-Old Boy Makes More Than 100 Baseball Bats from Fallen Branches of Derecho Storm, Raising Money for Victims

The feel-good story we could all use right now.

Tommy Rhomberg posing with his handmade bats/Source: Facebook

At the ripe ol’ age of just 12 years old, Tommy Rhomberg is working hard to help his Iowa community hit by the Derecho storm in August, which left homes ruined and people displaced.

Using wood from a tree torn down by the storm, Tommy spent 10 hours whittling a baseball bat as a birthday present for his friend with his Grandpa Joe’s whittling tool and sandpaper. The idea quickly gained momentum and, using a little more modern technology, Tommy and his family have established The Great Derecho – Tommy’s Baseball Bat Story.

With the help of his family and a lathe, Tommy’s now made 113 bats, raising $2,500 for victims — with $20 from each purchase going to the The Greater Cedar Rapids Foundation Disaster Relief Fund — and there’s a waitlist of more than 150 people. Talk about a homerun of an idea.


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