Five years ago John Michael Walls, life-long resident of the Greater Milford Area, decided to continue his devotion to assisting others by creating Faith, Food & Fitness LLC. The business serves two purposes by providing disaster relief to victims of natural disasters and helping individuals with eating disorders. A wide scope of services for one businessman, John helps individuals across the region and country that many times are forgotten by larger organizations and is now helping local residents after Hurricane Sandy.
Growing up on the family farm between Slaughter Beach and Argos Corner, John developed several trades that would later serve him when he began his own business. In addition to learning to operate machinery and work with his bare hands, he also learned the critical skills of self autonomy and independence. Starting his first business Baybreeze Farm, LLC in 2004, John learned welding, diesel mechanic work, excavation and construction which later developed a strong background foe natural disaster relief services.
Since beginning his disaster relief during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, John has been around the county to places including Virginia, Alabama, Indiana, Louisiana, Missouri and Texas. One of his most memorable trips was to Joplin, Missouri, in that same year, to help victims of the catastrophic EF5 multiple-vortex tornado that claimed over 150 lived and injured thousands.
“I decided to begin natural disaster relief after seeing the need from people that were losing their homes and family members to natural disasters,” stated John. “After these events people are in dire need and they do not know which way is up and down.”
Now working closer to home after Hurricane Sandy, John is helping several families that live in Sussex County along the small peninsulas throughout the Delaware Bay communities. From residents in Crisfield, Maryland to the Reformation Evangelical Lutheran Church in Milford, DE, he has been traveling the Eastern Shore helping individuals with downed trees, water damaged buildings and flooding. John has also begun to store belonging of affected houses at the family farm near Slaughter Beach.
“A lot of people on the Eastern Shore do not have residential insurance especially those that live in the low-lying coastal areas,” commented John. “It is difficult for those that live outside the tourist towns to receive any assistance. It will be a couple of weeks before they can get a grasp on what they need to do.”
All of the disaster relief work that Faith, Food & Fitness provides to individuals is through the assistance of material and monetary donations. John believes that with some help Eastern Shore residents that are receiving help now can get back on their feet soon. For more information on the organization or to make a donation individuals are encouraged to contact John Walls at 302-538-8126 or firstname.lastname@example.org.