Sister’s project provides needed basics

August 12, 2009 by

Sister Christella Buser is nothing if not practical. And she is personable, listening and talking in equal measure.

Sister Clarene Kennedy loads boxes of donated toiletries into the trunk of her car last Thursday (Aug. 6) at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse, so they can be delivered to a variety of agencies and organizations in Concordia and Salina.

Sister Clarene Kennedy loads boxes of donated toiletries into the trunk of her car last Thursday (Aug. 6) at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse, so they can be delivered to a variety of agencies and organizations in Concordia and Salina.


Those traits came together again late last week, when she made another delivery in a project that began three years ago. With the help of Sister Clarene Kennedy, Sister Christella packed up several boxes of sample-size toiletries and other personal products and gave them to agencies in both Concordia and Salina.


The project grew out of “listening to people,” Sister Christella explains. “This helps people who don’t have the simplest things.”


And it continues, she notes, by mentioning it to other sisters and people wherever she goes. She is particularly appreciative of the many small donations she receives throughout the year from fellow Sisters of St. Joseph, including those who, like her, live at the congregation’s Motherhouse in Concordia.


Sister Christella Buser

Sister Christella Buser

In fact, this year those donations came in so fast she needed to make her deliveries early. So instead of waiting until around Thanksgiving, as she has done in the past, she enlisted Sister Clarene and they loaded up the trunk last Thursday. During the afternoon, they made deliveries to Salina’s Ashby House (for women and children), the Rebecca A. Morrison House (for families of patients at Salina Regional Health Center), the Domestic Violence Association of Central Kansas offices in both Salina and Concordia, and Concordia’s Community Resource Council.


“I mention it to someone who tells someone else, and suddenly I have boxes full of little shampoos and lotions,” Sister Christella says with a laugh. “We had to make the deliveries; the need is so great, and I didn’t have any place left to pile it.”


If you would like more information on Sister Christella’s donations, you may call her at the Motherhouse, 243-2113.



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2 Responses to “Sister’s project provides needed basics”

  1. Sr. Beth Stover Class of '64 on August 31st, 2009 4:21 pm

    Sister Christella has a history of care and concern for others and a unique, simple, straightforward way of helping others.
    Keep tuned for more of what Sister Christella creates and designs. Her imagination never quits amd usually finds its way to some practical expression.

    Praise God for you, Christella!

    Sr. Beth

  2. Loretta Jasper, csj on August 12th, 2009 6:29 pm

    Thanks, Christella, for passing on these essential which so many of us take for granted.
    How many of us have a collection of these common extras for collecting in drawers, shelves, packed away luggage and such. People do need and use these items.

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