thanks to everyone for their input.
and LOL @ the "stocking up" responses... I am new to this, and am also a scrapbooker and a sewer, so i knit slowly... a couple skeins of a handful of colors will last me a while, and is stocking up for me. haha.
as far as the charity goes... will someone please send me the info?? i would love to do what i can, but unfortunately money is tight so i may not be able to do much. but i can try!!!