Finally this is a special one. Today on the facebook page I shared the following
"When I started Aussie Heroes it soon became obvious that I needed to find a supportive supplier to purchase batting from. For those who do not know, batting is the cotton layer, a kind or padding, that goes between the back of the quilt and the top (the "pretty" side). It is probably my biggest expense, costing a few hundred dollars per roll. I receive quilt tops that need to be finished off andthey all require batting. One distributor has supported us almost from the beginning, the only proviso is that I do not make public where I get our batting from. That makes it hard for me to thank them publicly but I have an idea. If you or a loved one has received a quilt from us could you please leave a message of thanks on this page which I can copy and paste and add when I send my next cheque off to them. I really could not do what I do for Aussie Heroes without their support."
People have been leaving messages for me to share with our supplier and I really appreciate everyone that has come in. This one was sent to me as a Private Message on facebook and I have permission to share it anonymously.
"Hi Jan :-)
Just saw your post and would like to send a thank you message to everyone behind the quilts. I was deployed last year for 8 months. I can tell you it's not easy being over there and some days you just feel like giving up. However coming back to my bunk at whatever time of the day I got back to sleep I saw my quilt and every time it would make me smile and feel that little bit better. it was the one thing that made my day, every single day. I couldn't explain how much it helps mentally to have something there each day to remind you that someone else is out there thinking about you and made this quilt for you. Now I'm back home on Australian soil, I had a rough couple of weeks transitioning back into this lifestyle where yet again my quilt came in handy the same as it did overseas. Now it's my couch quilt that I cuddle up with watching TV and it brings back so many memories. Its hard to explain what it means to us soldiers, but if my how was to get robbed..I hope they take anything but my quilt! Evelyn was my quilt maker and I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart!"
Now, can someone please pass me a tissue, the sand is bad today, and no, I am not being funny. I am humbled that we have been able to provide such comfort.