美国在一起: 爱荷华州一个男孩正在出售倒下的树木上的棒球棍以帮助袭击受害者

美国在一起: 爱荷华州一个男孩正在出售倒下的树木上的棒球棍以帮助袭击受害者

A 12-year-old boy in 爱荷华州 turned tragedy into triumph.

After August’s wild wind storm known as a derecho, Tommy Rhomberg has crafted more than 200 baseball bats, which he sold to raise money for victims of the storm, from fallen branches.

Each bat, 关于 30 inches long, made with his grandfather’s whittling tools and sandpaper, sells for $ 100, and Tommy has donated $ 20 from each sale to the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund.

His mom Amanda posted photos of the bats on Facebook, which went viral.

This is just Tommy,” Amanda said. “He’s always been super creative and loves building stuff. He woke up at 6 上午. to work on it over the course of a few days until it was perfect. When I saw it, my jaw just dropped.

Tommy’s mom isn’t just in awe of her son but super proud, even if his hands are covered in blisters from all his hard work.

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I don’t know how his little hands can do so much,” Amanda said. “He has put in hundreds of hours into making these bats. I am so proud of him for teaching himself a new skill and starting a business while doing so much good. He shows that you can make a difference in your corner of the world by doing what you can with what you have.

The family designed a 网站 叫 “The Great Derecho,” and the bats can also be seen on 脸书.

Tommy now has a waitlist of more than 600 people looking to purchase the bats.

“我是 12 years old and my parents won’t let me drop out of the 6th grade,” Tommy explained to potential customers who are waiting.

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