I don't know if y'all have heard of The House That Yarn Built. It's a fundraiser to build a house in New Orleans 9th Ward - the place hit hardest by Hurricane Katrina.
The thinking behind the name The House That Yarn Built is that you donate what you would spend on at least one skein of yarn. The company Simply Socks is currently matching donations up to $1000. You can read all about it here. That post also has all the pertinent links and when you donate you can email the coordinator of the fundraiser to be put in a drawing for fabulous yarny prizes and then you can email Allison at Simply Socks and she'll match your donation! A 2-fer!
I think, other then slavery and the Civil War, the mess that is the aftermath of Katrina is one of our country's biggest embarrassments. Or it should be. (I know many of us think the war in Iraq should be up in that category as well.) Our government F'd it all up after Katrina and has done little to fix it. It's obviously going to be up to private citizens like us to step up.
I've donated to this cause before and maybe you have to but now with Allison matching donations, it'll be like doubling your money for this fine cause!
Dig deep, Ruth!