Mount Vernon boy raises $4k for derecho relief making baseball bats from debris

A Mount Vernon boy has raised $4,000 for derecho relief by making baseball bats out of debris from the storm.
Published: Jan. 3, 2021 at 8:18 PM CST
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) -A Mount Vernon boy has raised $4,000 dollars for derecho relief by making baseball bats out of debris from the storm. 12-year-old Tommy Rhomberg formed his first bat for a friend whose birthday was the day of the August 10th storm.

“Everybody started liking the bats so we just got a lathe and started making more,” Tommy told us.

He sells the bats for $100 and $20 of each sale goes to the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation - Derecho Relief Fund.

The rest of the money goes to expenses and Tommy’s mom Amanda says some might even go to his college education.

“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 us.

She says a couple of businesses have agreed to match Tommy’s donation so far, forming a total of $12,000 dollars for derecho relief.

He says cold weather is slowing his production for now, but he may be spending more hours in the garage this spring since the bats are still in high demand.

“There’s about still like 2,000 people on the waiting list,” Tommy told us.

“I don’t think we could recreate this story if we tried,” Amanda told us, “It just all happened so naturally.”

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