Vitality Center makes its wishlist

Published 9:15 am Thursday, December 31, 2009

Leaders of the Vitality Team are looking for a list of items to be donated to the new National Vitality Center in downtown Albert Lea.

Cathy Purdie, part of the Vitality Team and who is organizing the donation list, said items can be new or gently used.

“One of the most valuable pieces that happened during our whole experience last year (with the Vitality Project) was that the community had the experience to come together and work together,” Purdie said. “The National Vitality Center is following in the footsteps of what we’ve been doing.”

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The center will be in the first floor of the historic Jacobson Building, 211 S. Broadway Ave.

The list of items needed include the following:

 bike racks

outdoor tables with umbrellas

 bathroom fixtures

 lumber for bathroom




 coffee pot

 recycle bins

five filing cabinets

coordinating chairs, sofas, tables

interactive experiences: body mass index calculator, blood pressu interactive experiences: body mass index calculator, blood pressure machine, pedometer, Nordic poles, Nintendo Wii

 four ceiling fans


 Smart board

flat-screen televisions/monitors

security camera

 cash register

 computer and workstations


office supplies such as paper, staplers, tape dispenser, etc.


conference table

 lighting: pendants and track lighting

receptionist desk

People interested in donating should call Assistant Community Development Director Wendy Flugum to find out more details and to make arrangements for the donation.

Donations can be dropped off at the Community Development Office.

The Vitality Center, which will be a place for the facilitation of new and ongoing vitality initiatives on a local and national level, was announced during the AARP/Blue Zones Vitality Project celebration in October.

Since, there have been three major donations toward the center, including donations from AARP, the United Health Foundation and Albert Lea Medical Center, totaling $47,000 for the project.