Community editor and columnist Kris Capps is a longtime resident of Fairbanks and Denali Park. Contact her at, in the office at 459-7546 or by cell at 322-6334. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMKris.

Hospice Holiday Ornament

The 2019 Hospice Holiday Ornament was created by Rebecca Mulholland.

The sixth annual Hospice Holiday Ornament sale is under way.

Every year, the Greater Fairbanks Community Hospital Foundation partners with a local artist to design and create a one-of-a-kind collectible ornament to be sold for benefit of local hospice patients.

This year, the artist is Rebecca Mulholland. She created glass tiles that depict a polar bear or two polar bears under the moon and northern lights. Each ornament was individually made.

Every year, only 200 ornaments are commissioned. They are $20 each and can be purchased during business hours at the Hospital Foundation office on the fifth floor of Fairbanks Memorial Hospital or at the hospice office at 2001 Gillam Way. Ornaments can be shipped for an extra cost of $7.90. Proceeds go directly to benefit the needs of hospice patients. The sale will continue from now through Dec. 24.

The Hospital Foundation is a community-owned, nonprofit organization that is dedicated to providing quality healthcare in Fairbanks.


Box Tops

I am a dedicated collector of Box Tops for Education. I cut out and save the tiny coupons from cereal boxes and other products and store them all in an envelope, which I then deliver to the Tri-Valley Community Library at Tri-Valley School in Healy.

Each coupon is worth about 10 cents for the school. It’s a small effort, but many people participate and it brings in about $400 there every year. Many other organizations benefit from this program.

But our clipping days are over. The program has gone digital.

I just learned about this when I discovered the tin-foil covered box that usually holds all the coupons is missing from the library. That’s when the librarian broke the news that all I need now is my phone and my receipts.

So I want to make sure other supporters of various schools know about this change, which apparently just happened recently. Here is how it works now.

Download the Box Tops for Education on your phone. Go shopping. Scan your store receipts to find participating products. The app automatically credits your school’s Box Tops earnings online. Twice a year, your school receives a check and can put that money to good use however administrators see fit.

And as we all know, every little bit helps.


Toys for Tots 

The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve continues its national charitable program Toys for Tots, to help less fortunate children during the holiday season. The goal is to collect new, unwrapped toys and then distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to children in the community.

In Fairbanks, this program partners with the Fairbanks branch of the Salvation Army for distribution and with Santa’s Helpers.

Toys for Tots organizers came to Fairbanks for the first time in 2018. There is a collection box at the Fairbanks Police Department office if anyone wants to drop off donated toys.

The program has been ongoing since 1947.

Reach columnist/community editor Kris Capps at Call her at the office 459-7546. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMKris.