Thank you once again for the laundry bag, and the lollies. We deployed ADF members appreciate all the support from you all back home in Australia.
A little while ago Angela emailed me with the following picture of a completed laundry bag. Now her email came just after I received a request from a wife for a quilt and laundry bag for her husband whose surname made this laundry bag somewhat appropriate. What can I say, it really appealed to my sense of humour so back I went to Angela with the postal address that just seemed too good for this fishy laundry bag. And ever since it went in the mail Angela, his wife and I have all been waiting for the laundry bag to arrived. What would his reaction be?
Looks like we made the right decision. Next I am working on an appropriate quilt and laundry bag for an Apple Mac/Ipod lover! You will just have to wait and see.
We have lots of new Aussie Hero Friends following along with us and sewing with us now so as things come up or occur to me I will publish little reminders that I think most of you know but newbies might not be aware of.
Having said that, please remember that we will not hear from everyone we send to. Usually, the ones that we do hear from are those who have found us themselves and have contacted me and made a request for themselves (and sometimes others). The fact that they have been able to contact me themselves says something about their access to communications facilities.
There are also those whose families or friends have submitted requests for them. Sometimes the person who has submitted the request contacts me and lets me know the parcel has arrived, sometimes the member then contacts me or the quilter/sewer to say thank you. It all depends on the facilities available.
I also receive requests from various Points of Contact I have collected along the way. Every time there is a change over I have to establish new points of contact though this is getting easier as word of what we do spreads and we become more widely known.
If a Point of Contact passes me the name and details of someone who would like a quilt, particularly people who are not at one of the main bases or who are not based with Aussies but with other foreign forces, the chances are that we may not hear back from those people.
There are all sorts of reasons for that. Some people cannot contact gmail accounts. Some people have trouble with Bigpond. Lots of the junior guys do not have their own laptops, many of them are not sitting at desks but are out and about, frequently "outside the wire" and have little free time when they are back inside. Many of the mums, wives and loved ones do not hear regularly from over there. Often there is just little spare time and their first priority is to contact their loved ones.
There are a myriad of reasons why we might not hear back from a quilt or a laundry bag that we have sent. We know, without a doubt, from all the recurring messages that come through all the different thank you messages, that what we are doing is appreciated.
By sharing the thank you messages we do receive we are encouraging those that have sent parcels off and have not heard back.
Finally, I try to follow up every quilt we send off to see if it has arrived. This is just a quick email -
"Hi there, just checking to see if your quilt/laundry bag has arrived. Hoping to hear it is there safe and sound."
. If I hear from you that a parcel has been received then I don't need to send a follow up email which I try to do with every quilt if I have someone I can contact. I allow plenty of time for parcels to arrive before I send a follow up. If no reply after two or three weeks I will send one more reply. If no reply to that second email I assume the parcels have arrived and move on. Once again there are a myriad of reasons why my follow up emails might go unanswered and that is just the way it is.
If I do hear back then so do you. If I hear, Got my quilt thanks and I love it - then that is what I will pass on to you. If a mum/wife tells me the quilt has arrived I will let you know with any extra information that I receive.
So, that is how it works. Hope that is clear as mud for you. If not feel free to email me or PM me if you have any questions.
Sorry for the shortage of photos this post.
Till next time..............keep spreading the word and happy stitching!