I just found out about Nest: Bringing Warmth Home ( from... some where-- I can't remember.) From their site:
Nest seeks to connect knitters and other fiber enthusiasts with people in need of warm items for the coming winter... Use whatever pattern and natural fiber you like. We are looking for hats, fingerless mitts, mittens, cowls, and scarves for all ages.
They're based in Maine and plan on distributing the warm items by the middle of September. So the deadline is September 1st!
I think this is such a good idea. I'm going to buy some yarn today and start on a cowl hood and maybe some fingerless gloves-- two projects this pattern-phobe/novice crocheter can handle. I'm a little late in the game, but I can finish something by then.
Check out their site for more details.
UPDATE: I just got back from the store and realized my new yarn is the same purpley grey color as the sand dollar-- I knew that image would fit in somehow.