My friend Tracy regularly travels to India and does wonderful things for needy children. Last year, she collected shoes for them and the results were magical. Her current project is collecting art supplies for the children, which she will take to them in the new year. You can get more information here http://operationshanti.blogspot.com/.
If you can help in any way, please consider it and contact Tracy at her blog. We artists have so much stuff, while these children are happy with a bit of paper and a few crayons.