Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Boy finds unique way to help storm victims

 When a huge derecho hit Iowa in August with winds up to 140 miles per hour, a 12-year-old boy found a unique way to help storm victims. Tommy Rhomberg's home was not damaged, but he said that "driving around town, there were people with half their house destroyed, and I wanted to raise some money so we could help them." That's when he got a novel idea.

What if he took tree branches that had been taken down by the storm and turned them into baseball bats for sale? He called his bat the Great Derecho. Carving in his free time, Tommy made 1,500 baseball bats, and donated over $2,500 to help storm victims rebuild. "I feel like it's really helping people," he said.

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