So many people are feeling helpless in the face of everything that has happened in Japan. As many have in the past, several Ravelry designers are donating proceeds from pattern sales to aid organizations such as Mercy Corps, the Red Cross, and Doctors Without Borders.
Shown above are squared from the Mitered Crosses Blanket by Kay Gardiner of Mason-Dixon Knitting (photo by Kay).
Eiki from Janel Laidman (photo by Janel):
Comfort Slippers by Reiko Arato (photo by Reiko):
Cherry Blossom Socks by Heatherly Walker (photo by Susan Layne):
Depending on the immediate need, funds donated to these organizations may or may not go directly to Japan, but you can be sure they will go to help people in need during future disasters. Either way, it seems like a good idea.