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Fundraiser brings Hinesville man with troubled past closer to his daughters

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Andre Johnson stands with daughters Andrea (left) and Tiana (Photo: Ian Dembling)

Savannah, Ga. (WTGS)--The fourth annual Blessings in a Book Bag "Daddy Daughter Dance" drew dozens to the West Broad Street Y-M-C-A. The event was full of music, food and competitions for prizes. All proceeds from the event went to the non profit group, who works to give kids meals and supplies, even when school isn't in session.

"We all know that Monday through Friday kids eat at school, but on the weekends that need is still there, so for six years strong we've made sure to fill that gap," said the group's founder, Mahogany Bowers.

One man got a special opportunity to take both his eight-year old daughters to the dance today. Andre Johnson says he lives in Hinesville. His two daughters have two different moms because Johnson says he was careless eight years ago.

"The way I was living at the time eight years ago, I was making a very lot of wrong decisions, Johnson said.

He says within the past few years, he has cleaned up his act, and now his children look to him as a role model.

"My dad is my favorite dad in the whole wide world, and if there's a best dad competition I think he would win because I love him very much," his daughter, Tiana, said.