Not long ago, friends of speculative fiction writer Vera Nazarian began a drive to raise money to help her through some hard times. Friends contributed, and complete strangers (like me) also contributed. $5 or $10 times many many people = a much needed helping hand.
I won't go into all the details, but I did want to show you what a good group of people today's speculative fiction writers are. A lot of the action happened inside private forum in the SFWA area on sff.net, so I can't share the specifics of the discussion. What I can share with you is the outcome.