Brother Regis Fust, S.D.S, and Sister Dora Zapf, S.D.S. call each other “boss” at the Salvatorian Mission Warehouse located at 1303 Milwaukee Dr., New Holstein. From June to December 2010, the misssion shipped over 1.3 million pounds of supplies to missions overseas. Additionally, disaster relief kits were transported to recipients suffering from the ravages of Hurricane Dennis, Hurricane Katrina and disaster areas in Nashville.	Gina Kabat photo
Brother Regis Fust, S.D.S, and Sister Dora Zapf, S.D.S. call each other “boss” at the Salvatorian Mission Warehouse located at 1303 Milwaukee Dr., New Holstein. From June to December 2010, the misssion shipped over 1.3 million pounds of supplies to missions overseas. Additionally, disaster relief kits were transported to recipients suffering from the ravages of Hurricane Dennis, Hurricane Katrina and disaster areas in Nashville.
Gina Kabat photo
Ever ask yourself what distinguishes between angels we can see and those we cannot?
Walk inside the Salvatorian Mission Warehouse in New Holstein and you will understand a collaboration of efforts-both earthbound and other worldly-and you will know they are one in the same.
"It is more blessed to give than to receive," is a Biblical passage woven into the moral fabric of Brother Regis and Sister Dora and all those who enter the Salvatorian Mission. Brother Regis Fust, S.D.S, Sister Dora Zapf, S.D.S., work alongside Brothers William Hoefgen S.D.S., Larry Bay, S.D.S. and nearly 310 volunteers each week at the Salvatorian Mission Warehouse to send goods and supplies to third world countries in need.
Since 2000 the mission has shipped $9.3 million worth of non-saleable commodities, goods and donations overseas. Nearly 2,400 cargo containers reached destinations of Bolivia, Tanzania, Uganda, the Republic of Panama, Honduras and Nicaragua, to name a few, and continue to make their way each year or when the need arises. These containers are packed well, ensuring each inch is used to its fullest potential. Because items sent are repackaged in cardboard boxes to accommodate spatial needs, if any open pockets or gaps between boxes occurs inside the container they are immediately filled with quilts hand made from local quilting groups. Every inch is utilized to ensure a quality shipment. The disbursement of donated items occurs through lists gathered by Brother Regis through his close networks with missionaries in other countries. They send to missions operated by both Catholics and Protestants.

12-hour days at 78
Quietly walking among palletized stacks of donated food products, clothing, blankets and houseware products companies have sent to him, at age 78 Brother Regis puts in 12-hour days working to help less fortunate people improve their lives. Small imperfections to labels or items which missed a market have been shipped to this warehouse for almost half a century. Items are repackaged, contained, shipped and charitably donated to missions throughout the world to aid in their fight against poverty.
Spry-eyed Sister Dora often disperses herself among the boxes, all for the sake of humanity. In her simplistic attempts to create additional shipping space to massive box loads of coats or other wearable garments, it is typically "her job," as she calls it, to get right in there and stomp on down-filled materials. In a matter of minutes, she is able to create another two or three feet of additional space from essentially deflating puffy coats and winter apparel with the weight of her body. Although modest in stature, one could assess it is the weight of her determination that creates the possibility for added content.
"Our whole warehouse is a loving miracle," Sister Dora said, not knowing one day to the next from where the money or supplies will come. But they do come, and these missionaries have faith in God who eternally provides for them. Each year it is by way of charitable cash donations-both private and corporate-which allows funding for each shipment to leave New Holstein.
Sister Dora, a native of Germany and a Salvatorian nun, was a missionary in East Africa for 12 years. Because she worked in Tanzania, she knew what the people needed. She joined Brother Regis in New Holstein in 1973. Her family still lives in Germany. At age 75, she contributes 40-plus hours a week at the warehouse and is always cited as willing to help someone in need.

Started in NH in 1963
Brother Regis began his mission work in New Holstein in 1963. From that year until 1973, he did his mission work out of a portion of the regular Salvatorian building. In 1968, the Salvatorian Mission Warehouse was established to help missions, especially the people of Tanzania. Brother Regis requested many companies help the poor.
In 1973 an additional room was added to the facility for storage. During that time, donated items arrived by freight car. The donated items were unloaded and stored at the New Holstein Mill next to the railroad tracks. Sheds were also rented on farms in the area. Through the efforts of Greg Pauly, they were able to rent the building that was the former hardware store and is currently known as Metko Corp. In 1975 the present 25,000 square foot facility was constructed.
Brother Regis is a native of Wausau. He attended St. Mary School in Wausau and Wausau High School, but left in 1950 to join the Salvatorians. He made his perpetual vows in the Society of Divine Savior on St. Joseph Day, March 19, 1952 at the Salvatorian Monastery in St. Nazianz. Brother Regis recently celebrated 58 years in his religious vocation.
Over the years, he was honored with a Justice and Peace Award from the Green Bay Diocesan Office of Human Concerns and Services, a Brotherhood Award in 1995, National Good Samaritan of the Year in 1997 by the National Catholic Development Council, and the Brother James Miller Justice and Peace Award in 2003.
Some of Brother Regis' biggest rewards come in newsletters and notes from fellow missionaries. In a letter dated Sept. 23, 2010 addressed to Brother Regis, Sister Dora and all those who work in the warehouse, Sister Jane Buellesbach expressed her gratitude for a shipment received.
"Greetings from Guatemala and many thanks for the latest shipment we just received. I know that in one of my letters I told you about one of my AIDS patients who has three children and has been trying to get work for the past couple months without any luck. He came in the day after the last shipment arrived and asked me if we had any shoes. A woman at the entrance of town was willing to give him a job, but only if he had a pair of shoes. We found the perfect fit for him among those that you sent. He walked out of the clinic as if we had given him a million bucks.
"I don't know if you or your coworkers realize what a huge difference the things you send make in the lives of people here. Guatemala is a country of contrasts, contradictions and enormous need. The very fact that we have the highest malnutrition rate of all Central America and are fourth on the world list makes one wonder how it will all end. Thanks to donations like yours, many find relief from their need-the clothes, the shoes, food, medical supplies, all adds up to one big Christmastime (when) a shipment arrives. We sincerely hope and pray you can keep them coming."

Generous donors
Companies are very generous. Some of the companies which donate to the mission include Lands End, Johnson and Johnson, Starbucks, Sargento, Hershey's, Figi's, Kohler Co. and Georgia Pacific paper products. Donations arrive at the warehouse by semi-truck. Bob Miller Trucking also has assisted with hauling for several years and container hauling. Kestell Furniture Company also helps store some of the donations when space is limited at the warehouse. Loaded and finished containers are taken to U.S. ports in Norfolk, Newark, Baltimore, Jacksonville, New York, New Orleans, Savannah and Charleston. They are then freight loaded on ships and sent to missions in Panama, Guatemala, Bolivia, Ghana, Chili, Paraguay, Tanzania and Kenya. Most of the products are sent overseas because some of the companies which donate to the warehouse have stipulations to protect their business' interests by not having it dispersed in the United States.
Corporations and mission work entities both benefit from charitable donations through tax benefits and helping others. If many of the items taken in by the New Holstein facility were not received, in all likelihood usable items would be sent to county landfills. Some items are close to expiration dates but still in good condition. Some of the items are company overstock, wrong weights and some just marketing and promotional plans gone wrong. In one instance, bandages marketed for children in a certain age group did not sell as well as the company thought they would. The company simply picked the wrong trademark cartoon character and actualized a negative response. There was nothing wrong with the bandage, it just did not sell well to American children.
Volunteers at the Salvatorian Mission keep all children, parents and families in mind. The median volunteer age at the Salvatorian Mission Warehouse in New Holstein is 75 years old. This means they have volunteers between the ages of 43 and 91 years old packaging and repackaging items to be sent overseas to impoverished families and villages. Volunteers work various times during the week to prepare thousands of food or medical items, clothing and personal care items.
Volunteerism is critical to the development of the mission's efforts. Some volunteers have been helping at this location for over 40 years. People from New Holstein, Green Bay, Kiel, St. Anna, Chilton, Fond du Lac, Manitowoc, St. Nazianz, Two Rivers, Little Chute and Neenah offer their time each week at the warehouse. Those who volunteer at the 25,000 square foot warehouse will say it is a way for them to feel useful and an important part of the cause. New Hope Center of Chilton also brings volunteers to the facility to assist during certain times of the year. The sense of accomplishment is something money cannot buy. Brother Regis and Sister Dora have honored their volunteers for more than 20 years with a Sunday mass and potluck dinner each spring.
As residents and steadfast humanitarians representing the City of New Holstein, Brother Regis, Sister Dora, and Brother William remain a positive influence for others, bringing forth love, hope, kindness and futures to so many people. They serve as reminders of our love for each other and our giving spirit.
Where have your angels led you lately?

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