Most of you probably know about Annie Modesitt's husband by now. She's offering a pattern for a donation to help offset the costs of her husband's care. Main Street Yarn & Fibers has also set up the We Love Annie website in support. (Check out their Six Weeks of Socks Contest!)
If your philanthropy comes from your needles, might I suggest Wee Angels? The Knitting Contessa has created a giving opportunity aimed at helping families who have lost newborns.
Yup, knitters are good people.