April 16, 2014

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Odd Fellows brave the cold to keep kids warm

The Odd Fellows of Medina will be back on Medina’s Public Square this weekend to sell Christmas trees. Proceeds benefit local underprivileged children. From left, Bob Lavelle, Tim Lynskey, Mark Hubbard, Ken Carpenter, Gary Jaklitsch and Greg Yost. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY NANCY JOHNSON)

Nancy Johnson | The Gazette

Most people prefer to bundle up and stay indoors on a cold December day. But not The Odd Fellows of Medina, a fraternal organization chartered in 1844.

The group braved freezing temperatures last weekend to sell Christmas trees to the public on Medina’s Public Square.

The Odd Fellows will be back on the square selling trees 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

With a portable outdoor fireplace to keep them warm, Odd Fellow members assisted shoppers in choosing a Christmas tree from an expansive collection of fragrant Scotch pines and Fraser firs.

Tree sale proceeds will allow The Odd Fellows to take local underprivileged children shopping for the holidays. Kohl’s and Wal-Mart have extended discounts to the Odd Fellows to purchase coats, hats and gloves for the kids.

The Independent Order of Odd Fellows of Medina is a group of local men dedicated to contributing to the community. They are caretakers of the baby section of Spring Grove Cemetery and have supported organizations such as Project: LEARN, Special Olympics, Faith in Action, Project Munch, Friends of the Square and the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.

Contact reporter Nancy Johnson at (330) 721-4065 or areanews@medina-gazette.com.