Knitting for the troops.
There is an organization that knits and crochets for charities. It's a simple idea. Individuals or groups all knit or crochet rectangles of uniform size using any yarn and stitch pattern that results in a piece that fits the measurement of the rectangle.
The website is Warm Up America - www.warmupamerica.com. Maybe you creative folks would like to combine efforts to make afghans and lap blankets for soldiers in area hospitals and rehabilitation centers across the country. It would be a good project for schools, Key Club and religious groups.
Perhaps yarn or department stores might donate yarn or people with leftover amounts from projects could donate to a central pick-up sp