Paradise Elk's Lodge holds Father's Day event

The Paradise Elk's Lodge was filled with music, fun, food and love for a Father's Day event.

Posted: Jun 16, 2019 5:23 PM
Updated: Jun 17, 2019 9:01 AM

PARADISE, Calif. - The Paradise Elk's Lodge was filled with music, fun, food and love for a Father's Day event.

Global Empowerment Mission joined forces with other Camp Fire recovery groups to bring together families for a day of celebration.

There was a crawfish feast, music and yoga practices for people to relax and unwind.

"But it's more than yoga its really community consciousness and trying to look at things with better goggles and seeing the good in things," Michael Capponi, Executive Director of GEM said.

"I think one of the biggest things we have is when there's grief and lose moving through a community is how do we teach people how to ground and find the space to honor themselves and find some true healing even if it's just for a moment," Jessica Hahn, spiritual teacher, and healer said.

Not only was this a father's day celebration filled with food music and yoga practices, but also Camp Fire survivors are able to choose from a variety of donations.

"So what we've done is we've checked your I.D. you've come in you've basically been able to get a fan get a gift card and then you get to come into this room and your able to walk around table to table and grab a couple items," Stephen Murray, local hero said.

Items like clothing, shoes, stuffed animals, couch pillows blankets, but that's not at all these survivors received.

"They can expect a hug they expect hugs they expect to see smiles and that is huge for a lot of people the energy that is built by this every time we do one makes me want to do one bigger and better," Murray said.

Murray has kids of his own, he told Action News Now what it means to him to be a father.

"Father's Day is so special to me just because I have my baby and she's going to be my baby for the rest of my life - right now being a father is huge and just being the backbone to my family is something that my family's needed," Murray said.

"Oh, yeah definitely need to be strong for them it was a traumatic event not for myself but especially for them," Jeff Friendschuh, a survivor from Magalia said.

Friendschuh lost everything in the fire, now he's focused on teaching his kids what's important to him about being a dad.

"How to live, how to love, how to learn, and how to give love that's what it means to me," Friendshuh said.

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