My very sweet and generous friend Marianne Mancusi (A Connecticut Fashionista in King Arthur's Court;
I interviewed her here)
from the Girlfriends Cyber Circuit just lost her house and all her possessions to a freak lightning strike. The blogging/writing community is gearing up to help her out. You can donate some books to her library (a writer's library is very important) but even more importantly a gift certificate to someplace like Target would be very appreciated. She lost EVERYTHING. The house is burned to the ground.
Fortunately, Marianne was out of town at the Romance Writers of America conference, and her dog was at her parents' house. BUT, Marianne didn't have renter's insurance, so all her possessions are truly gone.
There is also an online auction going on to help raise some funds for her. You can go to Literary Chicks
to find out more.