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Odd Fellows donates to dialysis unit

The Independent Order of Odd Fellows is making the local kidney dialysis unit a better place.

The organization donated $15,000 toward a unit.

"We felt it was a good thing just getting this set up," said Adeline Sherbrooke, Odd Fellows member.

The dialysis unit is located in the former County Market building and is run by St. Mary's Regional Health Center and MeritCare.

As part of St. Mary's remodeling and expansion project, the kidney dialysis department will be relocating to the North Campus of St. Mary's on July 17. The community will have an opportunity to see the new area at a grand opening on Thursday, July 13, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The three pillars of the Odd Fellows organization are friendship, love and truth -- things they hope to spread to those in need, like those at the dialysis center.

The Odd Fellows has been in Detroit Lakes for over 100 years. With about 18 members, Sherbrooke said they are also looking for new members.

"I don't know that it's different," Sherbrooke said of Odd Fellows compared to other local organizations. "You have to believe in a supreme being, but it's not a religion."

Literature for the group states that Odd Fellows is based on the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man.

The group meets twice a month. One gathering consists of a business meeting, and the second is usually a social meeting filled with cards, dinner, bingo or some activity.

There is also a teenage organization under Odd Fellows.

Donations, like the one to the dialysis unit, aren't a first for Odd Fellows. Over the years, there have been many, many different organizations and causes the group has donated to.

Some of the bigger donations include $10,000 to Emmanuel Community's Beautification Project, and yearly scholarships to students from Detroit Lakes, Lake Park-Audubon, Hawley and Waubun schools.