The day before Thanksgiving was a special day at Catholic Schools of Fairbanks. It was pretty special for the community, too.

Every year for more than 16 years, older students go into the community and devote time to service projects at a variety of local nonprofit agencies. It’s the RAMS Day of Caring. RAMS stands for Radical Acts of Mercy and Service. The goal is to teach students at Monroe Catholic High School and Immaculate Conception School about nonprofit agencies in the community and the services they provide. It’s not unusual for many students to later return to these same agencies to volunteer.

Meanwhile, the annual Grandparent Luncheon takes place back at the school. Pre-K through sixth graders stay at the school and help prepare soup for the soup kitchen.

Students made Christmas cards for the Food Bank, colored pictures on brown lunch bags for the ICC Soup Kitchen and made baggies for S.O.A.P. — Street Outreach Advocate Program — street youth lunches. They also made Christmas cards for soldiers and for patients at Denali Center, centerpieces for the Rescue Mission Thanksgiving dinner and Pioneers Home, and hygiene kits for S.O.A.P. youth and the ICC Soup Kitchen.

Meanwhile, older students helped out at Denali Center, St. Raphael’s Church, Pioneers Home, Fairbanks Rescue Mission, Boys & Girls Club, Fairbanks Food Banks, St. Ignatius Residence, Joel’s Place, ICC Soup Kitchen, First Presbyterian Church, Literacy Council of Alaska, S.O.A.P. and The Door.

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

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.