by Tamika Cody
After Hurricane Irma swept through Southwest Florida on Sept. 10, 2017, Bonita Springs resident and accountant John Davis decided to dip into his savings to help families who are still trying to piece their lives together after the storm. In the season of giving, John said he gives selflessly, “I really don’t want this to be about me. I want this to be about the foundation.”
The foundation John is referring to is Love Thy Neighbor, Inc. After the death of his father in 2006, John created the organization to improve the lives of children, teens, young adults, and families.
Now that Thanksgiving is upon us, John will continue to help families who were affected by Hurricane Irma with a $500 donation. All families have to do is fill out the online application and give a brief description of how Irma changed their lives and how they will use the money.
“For years, I’ve been thinking about donating my 10 percent to charity,” John explained to HelloSWFL. “I wanted to teach future generations, born and unborn, that it is all about giving. And the foundation will do both. I can do good things for the community and I can teach my kids that it is important to give back.”
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John is the founder and managing partner of the Bonita Springs-based accounting firm, Davis & Associates CPA . He tapped trusted family members to serve on the board of LTN. With the help of his wife, adult children, and a several trusted family members, the team works diligently to raise money for the foundation.
To date, LTN donated several hundred dollars to families throughout the United States. The foundation was able to help a Virginia Beach family furnish their apartment after being homeless. In 2008, LTN took care of a USMC family and bought presents and food for the kids during Christmastime.
Over the years, LTN hosted fundraisers to help with donations, but a significant portion comes directly from John’s pocket. “Only God knows what your purpose is, but he’s given me more than I deserve to have, John shared. “I’m hoping this is what he wants me to do.”