CHICAGO (CBS) — On this Father’s Day, a life-affirming event was held in Chicago’s Chatham neighborhood.

It was hosted by the Talbert Memorial Fund, a group dedicated to help Black parents who have lost children.

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The organization offered COVID-19 vaccinations on Sunday, as part of its Black Men Heal Initiative to help Black dads better take care of their physical and mental health.

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We talked to Jamal Harris, a neighborhood store manager and father of two, who explained why it was important to for him to get his shot.

“If I can be leading by example, none of my other employees are vaccinated. So maybe if I start, maybe I can start a trend within my location – just a little push, like safety, for everybody to be safe,” Harris said.

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Everyone gathered for the event at 75th Street and Prairie Avenue. Business owners along 75th Street contributed food, beverages, and other support.

CBS 2 Chicago Staff