Some great messages here tonight.
Good Afternoon Jan-Maree,
I just thought you would like a copy of the photos we had taken of our beautiful quilts. I have also sent the printed photos in the mail to my Quilter :)
Once again, thank you very much for everything you all do for us, words cannot express how thankful we all are. More and more quilts and laundry bags are arriving every week it is so great to see! We all gather around and watch in anticipation as the Quilts are unveiled, I love seeing everyone's reaction! I wish you could see it Jan-Maree, there is so much joy in everyone's eye and complete gratitude. So thank you for bringing joy and happiness to our camp! Kind Regards,
Good morning Jan-Maree, Joan & all the volunteers at AHQ & LB Just a quick email to say that I received my teenage mutant ninja turtles laundry bag and couldn't be happier. It was a welcome surprise in the mail this week and my boys will love it.
Thank you for the amazing work that you do. I greatly appreciate the effort that one of your volunteers has put into making this bag, it will be forever cherished.
Just a quick email to say many thanks for the laundry bags (and treats!). I received the box on Sunday and it was a nice way to finish the weekend off. I wasn't expecting anything either and surprises are always nice. The choccie eggs were shared around and very well received.
Thanks also for your letter - it is nice to learn about the ladies at Aussie Hero Quilts and their backgrounds.
I joined the Army five years ago and have spent my career in Sydney so far. I work within the administration and human resources stream normally, however am deployed to Kabul in more a movements and travel type role.
I have had the opportunity to travel around Australia with my posted units during my time in the Army and Perth is my favourite place so far - I spent six weeks there earlier this year. I am also studying a Bachelor of Nursing, so the ultimate goal is to become an Army nurse once I finish my studies.
I am the eldest of three children and the rest of my family still lives in Tasmania.
Many thanks again for the kind and very generous work that you all do. It is greatly appreciated by all deployed soldiers here. I will let you know when I receive the other boxes.
I received the quilt in the mail today. It's brilliant, I love it, especially the female surfer, I have already used the sunscreen!!
Thank you for your time, effort and support. Everyone I talk to here who has received a quilt has appreciated the work done by Aussie Hero Quilts, and I am another satisfied recipient.
Good Morning/Afternoon Robin and Jan-Maree,
Thank you so very much for this fantastic quilt. I absolutely love it, it represents the loves of my life, Army, Infantry and my beloved Storm. I will be giving this to my extra extra love in my life my son. Thank you again for all your work. Robin, Please pass on my thanks and gratitude to Kerri B for the artwork.
For a laundry bag made by Sue G
Jan-Maree good evening,
Thank you so much for the laundry bag which arrived recently, it's fantastic! Guardsmen, taxis, Union Jacks and Aussie flags, great combination, and my initials too! Thank you very much, it's much appreciated.
I also received my quilt from Rita, it was an absolute work of art and I have written separately to Rita to thank her for all her hard work and efforts on my behalf.
My thanks to you and the Ladies of HQ for the quite marvelous work you do, which is truly appreciated.
Keep up the good work and thanks again.
Thank you so much for the quilt and laundry sack, it was a most welcome gift.
I used the laundry bag straight away as we have a variety of washer/dryers in the camp but we all have blue laundry bags so a bit of a downer on the laundry bag scavenger hunt, but bonus now, there's my washing saving approximaly 3-20mins.
The quilt is pride of place on my upper bunk as I have intermittent visitors who stay with me for a few nights...so get to show it off.
Thank you for your work and gifts, they will be appreciated for years.
thank you so much for the postcards and the laundry bags. I gave the laundry bags out to the Force Protection guys who are out working most days in 46 degree heat and need to wash their clothes on a more than regular basis. They absolutely loved them and spent ages selecting which one they would like to use. We all appreciate any support we get.
Good Afternoon Pam Y,
I would like to thank you for taking the time to make the laundry bag for me and everything you do for others, it's inspiring. Gestures like these make a difference to our moral. Knowing that someone has taken the time to make these items is amazing and means a lot to us.
I absolutely love that it's purple! It amazing.
I'm only 22 and in my first of hopefully many deployments with the Royal Australian Air Force. I work in logistics so am always under the pump to get everyone what they need. I came back to find your parcel and it immediately brightened my day.
Thank you personally & thank you for everyone else you have provided a little bit of a booster for.
Kind Regards from the desert
Dear Donna P,
It is with an incredible amount of gratitude that I write to you from over in my deployed location in the Middle East. Last week I received two packages (somewhat unexpectedly) through the welfare postal system; one containing a magnificent quilt and the other a treasure trove of snacks and coffee. Firstly, it is quite humbling to think that there are many citizens in Australia who take an enormous amount of time out of their busy schedules to provide something as heartfelt and personal as this gift. To put it into perspective - my wife, who is ex USAF (United States Airforce) and has conducted multiple deployments in some very dangerous areas of the world and is also a citizen of (arguably) the most patriotic country in the world, was completely blown away.
On a personal note I tend to think I scored over and above par with my gifts. I'm not sure what I expected but the quilt-work exceeded my expectations. I had the commanding officer of another flying squadron take my quilt to show his troops as an example of how awesome they are. Tell your son I used to draw (and paint) hundreds of castles when I was a boy so if they were his efforts I am impressed. Additionally the Vo Vo's from Chris' package were a hit amongst the detachment and the coffee satchels are a welcome relief from NESCAFE gold.
Finally, as feedback to the Aussie Hero quilts initiative I hope it will continue through into the future as all of these quilts are greatly appreciated by the deployed troops. The members of our entire ADF do a wonderful job both at home and abroad and to know that we have the support of our community back in Australia is a critical enabler to that success.
Finally, I have a number of photos that I will send to you but I haven't finished compiling them yet. Please anticipate future correspondence with some sweet happy snaps.
Thanks again. Not only will this be a keepsake from my time deployed on ADF Operations but no doubt will one day become an heirloom in an of itself.
The following quilt is one that was sent specifically to hang in a communal welfare area in Iraq which will be shared by Aussies and Kiwis. This is the first to arrive. An Aussie themed quilt is also on its way. We don't usually do these quilts as wall-hangings but the deployment in Iraq is just being established and conditions are not all that comfortable so a bit of colour and support goes a long way.
I received the quilt that you and Alicia made. I showed all the Kiwis and they are all so impressed with the detail in it. I can't believe your amazing skills. I'm looking forward to when my furniture I ordered comes through for the welfare area and I get the Engineers to build a wall especially to hang this quilt on. It will look amazing when the area is completed. I will make sure I send photos to you and Jan-Maree. Please pass on my thanks to Alicia as well on behalf of all of us that are deployed here. It is getting hotter day by day and today at 46 degrees with a dust storm coming through it just makes the place extra charming...
Thank you once again, we appreciate the support and everyone remains in awe of the work done to support us.
Till next time.............keep spreading the word and happy stitching!