A Blacksburg, Virginia Yarn store, Mosaic, is organizing the creation of comfort blankets for the victim's families. They are requesting 8x8 squares in Hokie colors Maroon and Burnt Orange, along with black and white, in soft, comforting yarn. We can mail them to the shop through the month of May. I know it doesn't make anything better, but wrapping someone in knit-as-prayer has got to help a little.
Yarn store info here, and Jody's blog here.