12-Year-Old Boy Turns Downed Trees Into Baseball Bats When a storm knocked down trees across Mount Vernon, Iowa, Tommy Rhomberg made a bat for his friend. Demand skyrocketed after photos were posted online. He's raising money for a disaster relief fund.
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When a storm knocked down trees across Mount Vernon, Iowa, Tommy Rhomberg made a bat for his friend. Demand skyrocketed after photos were posted online. He's raising money for a disaster relief fund.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene. In August, a storm downed trees all over Mount Vernon, Iowa. But where others saw debris, 12-year-old Tommy Rhomberg saw an opportunity to pitch in by turning the fallen lumber into baseball bats. He originally made a bat for his friend's birthday, but demand skyrocketed after his mom posted photos online. Tommy decided to sell the bats and donate a percentage to a disaster relief fund. He's already raised more than $2,500. It's MORNING EDITION.

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