Thanks very much to you and Leanne M for the kind package I recently received. The quilt and laundry bag are fantastic and I really appreciate the effort and cost involved with sending these goods. I was really impressed that someone actually took time out of their ANZAC Day Public Holiday to sit down, pack a box and write to me. This just shows that there are still lots of good Aussies out there willing to support those who have left their families for a period of time.
Elizabeth, (that is Liz to us)
WOW!! I love the quilt and laundry bag, they are better than I could have ever imagined, the material is second to none and now I know why Jan-Maree said the the man of the house wanted to pinch it. :-)
I just opened the quilt you made me today. It made me very happy :) Really great work and I loved the design. I have it on my sleeping rack on the ship and the doby bag on my locker. Thank you very much for your hard work and for supporting us. I am from Queensland originally and I cant wait to get back and see family.
Hope you are well and enjoying life Debra.
I'd just like to let you know that I've received my quilt and clothes bag, thank you and your band of merry ladies very much.
This lovely fellow is one of our laundry bag distributors and he is a fine young man. His family must be so proud of him. He took over from another lovely bloke who was receiving the laundry bag boxes and took it upon himself to get in touch and send me a thank you letter. Since then I have been directing laundry bag boxes his way and he never ceased to impress me with his courtesy and appreciation. He is a credit to his unit, his service and his family.
The work you and your fellow seamstresses makes our lives here a little more colourful and is the only item we own that isn't in army issue multi-cam.
I receive a lot of stuff from western Australians and your state sisters are doing a great service. I spent six weeks in Perth last year so it was nice to get a card with the Cot on the front. I was there everyday for breakfast and on tanning and beach ops every chance I got too.
Thanks again Stephanie
And from the same lovely fellow to Sue
I'm writing to say that I received your lovely laundry bags and to thankyou for sending them to the deployed personnel here in the Ghan. Of all the people who send me things to distribute you must send the most by a lot. I can't imagine the time it must take to make such beautiful creations. I can't even sew a button onto a pair of pants(I've tried) so I'm glad that there are talented volunteers back home who have the skill and desire to contribute where they can. Your laundry bags were given to soldiers from the special operation engineer regiment where I serve in Sydney and to the girls who work in the support roles and live in our building. The work you contribute gives a little colour to otherwise dreary multi-cam existence and makes finding our laundry much easier in a sea of the plain white bags. Thanks again for your efforts and know that all here in the Ghan are comforted by the fact that devoted Australians such as yourself take the time to show their support for the difficult job that must be done by our servicemen and women. Take care Sue.
Thanks for sending me the Aussie Hero Quilt with the 2 CDO REGT emblem and the laundry bag. The 2nd Commando Regiment the badge has a very special place in my heart and it will remind me of the sacrifices made by my fellow commandos as I strive to serve them during my current tour.
I wanted to let you know that on my return from leave on Friday, I was delighted to receive a box full of laundry bags from you. They've already been distributed out to soldiers across our Task Group. On their behalf, please accept my thanks for your wonderful efforts to brighten up our lives here and provide something of practical use at the same time. We are very lucky to have so much fantastic support from people like you back in Australia, reminding us why we are happy to do the job we do. I would guess that at least 50% of our soldiers here have received either a handmade bag, a quilt or both from AHQ.
You might be aware that we are nearing the end of our deployment but I can assure you that laundry bags and quilts are being carefully packed in trunks and bags in readiness for return to Australia, where they will continue to be used for many years to come. Again, thank you so much for what you do - please be assured that your efforts are greatly appreciated.
I am the proud recipient of the lovely quilt and laundry bag which you sent a few weeks ago. Apologies for not getting back to you earlier, but work has been quite busy lately.
I love the quilt and the bag!, thank you so much for all your hard work. I've got lots of compliments for it from some of the others here on base, and quietly I think they are a bit jealous!.
I've got a dachshund puppy at home too, so I'm sure he'll be able to smell your dogs on the quilt once I get home!.
Thanks for your letter too!, its always nice to read something from home and it reminds us all of what we are here to protect. Thank you again for your efforts, it is much appreciated!
Hope you are keeping well.
When I notify someone that their quilt is on its way I always ask them to let me know when they receive it. This is my letter from the same fellow above who wrote to Debbie with a photo of his quilt.
I just wanted to let you know that I have received my quilt and laundry bag from Debbie Morrison in QLD a few weeks ago. Sorry I haven't been able to let you know earlier but we have been very busy here lately!.
They are both fantastic, and I've received lots of compliments from others around the base about them!
I've attached a few pictures of the quilt and bag. Please pass on my thanks to Debbie for all her hard work! I've also sent her an email.