This was the first event for the Dion’s Dreamers foundation.READ MORE: Gabby Petito Search: Authorities Combing Wyoming Wilderness For Missing Woman, Fiancé's Whereabouts Remain Unknown
“This is where I grew up at. This is where I went to school. This is where I got in trouble. This is where I succeeded. This is my home, and to come back here and help people with a meal, just with a smile, just with a laugh is something special to me,” Dawkins said.READ MORE: Teen Stabbed To Death After Dutchess County High School Football Game, Former Student Charged
Dawkins helped load cars with groceries for families in the area struggling with food insecurity due to the pandemic.
He launched the event with the help of Plainfield Fruit and Produce and dozens of volunteers.MORE NEWS: Man Accused Of Stealing FDNY Coat, Radio From Bronx Fire Station
Dawkins says he next plans to reach out to inner-city kids to encourage them to continue to pursue their dreams.