I want to take the time to write my thanks to you and your mother. I am extremely grateful to you for the quilt that you have sent me and my belly is very appreciative of the lollies from your mother.
I appreciate all the trouble you took to make me such a wonderful generous gift. It is a pleasant reminder of the kind generosity given from Australians back home and this will be a treasured keepsake.
These words cannot fully express how much I appreciate your thoughtfulness, but once again THANKS.
I received you lovely quilt and would like to convey my deep appreciation for your gift, not to mention all the yummy chocolates your mother so kindly provided.
Little acts of kindness are truly appreciated and I consider the time and effort put into making your quilt and chocolates such an act.
I received you lovely laundry bag and would like to convey my deep appreciation for the gift you so kindly provided.
Little acts of kindness are truly appreciated and I consider the time and effort put into making this laundry bag such an act.
Hello Joan and Robin
Thank You so much for the laundry bag it will be with me for the rest of my Army career.
I just wanted to say thanks for the laundry bag that I received today.
It definitely brightens up the room and adds a bit of flair to it. My daughter will love the bag when I get home!
Once again Joan, thanks.
Just a short email to thank-you for the laundry bags and treats you sent us recently.
Its the support back home from people and organisations such as yourselves which make our deployment here so much more bearable.
On behalf of the Airmen of Multi-National Base Command - Tarin Kot, thanks once again for your generous donation.
Hi, My name is XXXXXXXX I received my Aussie heros quilt you sent me, thank you very much for the effort you put in the quilt. I love it. Thank you
Dear Jan-Maree, Just wanted to give you and your team of quilters a big THANK YOU for the awesome work you are doing. I received my quilt and laundry bag and I love them. Myself and everyone else onboard HMAS Toowoomba have really appreciated the gifts. Keep up the great morale boosting work and again, thank you :) Cheers,
Hi my name is XXXX and I am currently deployed in the Middle East in the Royal Australian Air Force. I received a lovely quilt and laundry bag from Leanne Mac yesterday. I have only been here for just over one month but being away from family and friends makes you miss the small things in life that are often taken for granted.
A few more responses to our "Why I Sew For AHQ" have come in. There is no way you can read these messages and fail to be touched by them.
For me, your quilts and laundry bags add a little bit of colour and comfort to our deployment. As well, I've always found that receiving real mail (tangible mail, not electronic mail on the internet) is a special surprise for deployed members.
But more importantly, your quilts and laundry bags highlight that there are those in our community who appreciate our service. This can sometimes be overshadowed by those in our community who are negative towards us. It's nice to be reminded of the true decency of Australians. With gratitude
They were lovely messages and its easy to forget when you've been here for a while that there are people back home that really care about what were doing here and the sacrifice (some the ultimate) that we and our families have to make as a result.
Have a wonderful ANZAC Day
Again, my deepest thanks to you and them.
Australia gave me and my family a home many years ago, for which I am sincerely grateful. It is the very least I can do, to help pursue our interests overseas - it is a mighty honour to have been given this opportunity - your support is most welcome validation of our work.
Best wishes to you and the AHQ team,
To the team at Aussie Hero Quilts,
Thank you so much for your continuing selfless efforts and kind words of support. The work you do is extremely appreciated by the Soldiers, Sailors and Air Crew. The smallest gestures mean so much over here for those away from their home and families and your large contribution to there morale and well-being can not be overstated. You have inspired me to partake in similar activities when my body can no longer endure the physical aspects of soldiering as I am now aware of the power of goodwill from strangers to those in less fortunate circumstances and how good it feels to receive from a good samaritan. I only hope that you and your team feel as good for making the items as the soldiers do receiving them and that a humble letter expressing a fraction of the appreciation from myself and others will suffice. You all deserve the upmost acknowledgement and recognition for your efforts and I salute you.
Your team and its efforts embody the ANZAC spirit in its entirety and I am proud to serve my country for you.
And to add a little colour to tonight's post, here are two quilt tops made from the March BOMs. These were put together by Rita C, our resident American member. It was pretty ironic that the one putting the quilts together was not a native born Aussie and Rita would occassionally say things like "What is a thunderbox?" and "what does BEWDY mean?" Don't worry we translated for her.
Just a little note from me (Deputy Nut) Caroline, those of you waiting to see the post on Jan-Maree's special Aussie Hero Quilt that was presented to her on Anzac Day. The post will be published on Thurday 2nd May.