Grab a cuppa, sit back and enjoy these messages.
Me thinks the troops are liking what we are doing.
I hope you received my card and had a lovely Christmas with your family. I thought I would just send you a little picture of the quilt you made me. I absolutely love it. Thank you so much, I really appreciate the work you have put into this :)
Its absolutely perfect. It has not left my bed since I received it. I will be going home soon, so its definitely coming home with me.
Thank you again, Happy New Year! Take care, and all the best in the future,
Dear Steve and Jenny W
I am currently serving on HMAS Melbourne and would like to thank you for my laundry bag and the gifts, it was quite a joyful surprise as I wasn't expecting such gifts.
I am 21 years and I have served 2 and a half years in the navy. I joined the navy pretty much straight after I finished school as I had no idea what I wanted to do, but I knew I didn't want to go to university.
This is my first overseas trip with the navy and also the first time I haven't spent Christmas with my family. It was definitely hard at times but having the support from my family and people like yourself, the trip has become a lot easier.
The ports we visit are mostly really beautiful, the scenery, the people everything, but some are like third world countries with lots of poverty and drug addicts which is really heart breaking, makes you really appreciate home and how good we have it back in Australia
I really am thankful for the the gifts and the letter, it really does help knowing that we have support back home
thank you very much
I apologise for the delay in sending this to you. I received your quilt on Christmas Eve and opened on Christmas Day. I was not able to respond sooner as I flew out to another area of the Middle East on Boxing Day and have not had the opportunity to contact you. I understand that I did not make the task all that easy and the quilt that you made for me is beautiful.
I have been in the Middle East for the last 5 months and will be returning home in Feb It is hard to be away from family over the Christmas period, we do try to make these events as enjoyable for the all the deployed Service personnel.
I thank you for all your hard work that goes into the making one of the Aussie Quilts, they are greatly appreciated and when one of us receives ours, we proudly show them to all and sundry. The quilts are treasured and become a large part of memories and keepsakes from our deployment.
I hope you had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Hi Sue N,
I just opened your parcel and I have to say, I absolutely love the quilt and the laundry bag. They're both amazing. I was going to write back but decided it'd take too long for mail to get to you and I could't wait to let you know how happy I am with them so I opted for email. Thank you so much, it's the best delivery I've had to date!
Thank you so much for the lovely Quilt Laundry Bag. It came as a bit of a surprise as I had received mail from my family the day before only to have one of my friends in the other mess say that they had a package for me by mistake. I absolutely love it. You’ve done a great job and it’ll be something I hold onto to remember this trip.
I joined up about four years ago. I’ve been really enjoying it as I’ve made a lot of really good friends and I’ve been able to do some pretty interesting work while in the military. My hobbies are reading and playing my guitar (either by myself or with friends). I’m a bit of a music nerd, I like going to see bands perform live and I love everything from the Beatles and David Bowie to Frank Sinatra and Charles Mingus.
I think it is wonderful what you do. And I’m sure you brighten up peoples day when they see the love and care you’ve put into your work, trust me, I know because I was smiling all day when I saw the Laundry Quilt and the letter you wrote to me.
I should get back now and try to look busy before I get into trouble (joke).
Thank again so much for that. I hope this email gets to you and I hope to hear from you again.
For a quilt made by Pam H
I received my quilt over a month ago. It truly touched my heart the thought and detail that has gone into it. I have used it every night since and have loved it.
What you and your crew are doing with AHQ is absolutely amazing! I could not be more grateful and it has reminded of why it is I am doing what I do over here.
I extend my deepest and warmest thanks to everyone at AHQ and wish you all the best year ahead!
I am writing to let you know that I have already been in touch with Ann and Murray W who made my wonderful Dobey Bag for my washing and Kim and John N who made a very Aussie quilt for me which is folded on the foot of my rack as we speak, with the cooler weather and the very efficient airconditioning within the ship it is making all the difference for a comfortable night's sleep.
Having been on previous deployments to the middle east I chose to request a quilt later to let the younger persons on the ship get a taste of the hospitality that is shared by your many quilters across Australia. It certainly wasn't around when I was doing deployments back in 2002-2004, but I can assure you it is very well received and much appreciated also.
I thanknyou from the bottom of my heart for this initiative from you and the team and will find a special place for it when I return home in a few weeks time.
I am a member of Task Group Taji Head Quarters currently posted to Iraq. I have been here since early December. My home unit location is Darwin where I am a member of the Brigade Headquarters Staff.
The weather within Iraq has been quite the shock even compared to Darwin!
Please let me say thank you for the laundry bag you made and once again for your kind words. It means the world to us to know we have the support of people like yourself back at home which allows us to carry on with the task at hand without worry.
I admire your generosity and implore you to continue your support to the men and women currently deployed on operations.
For a quilt made my Bev C
I would just like to say many thank yous for the quilt and laundry bag I received from you all! Having something custom and original onboard where we all wear the same thing day in and day out, it is always nice to walk past a doby bag that is unique. So I would just like to say thank you once again!!!!
Hi Joan and Robin Carter,
I have received a laundry bag from you and It is a wonderful gift. Thankyou so much and we really appreciate the work that you guys do for us over here. I am currently deployed in Kabul, Afghanistan and about to head home after a 6 month tour.
Once again, really appreciate the bag, can see alot of work has gone into it.
I wanted to let you know I received my quilt and laundry bag today.
You are so right it is cute. I am completely in love with them both. They are absolutely perfect :)
I just want to say thankyou so much to all you ladies for the hard work you all do.
You bring such joy to us all when we receive these and get to show them off to everybody.
This one for our Sydney Swans themed Mystery quilt that a number of you were involved in.
This is not a thank you message on receipt of a quilt... this is an example (in part) of the sort of responses I receive when I email people to let them know that their quilt or laundry bag is on the way.
I just wanted to say thank you to you and all those that are involved in Aussie Hero Quilts, it really does make a difference.
I have not received my quilt yet but will let you know as soon as it arrives.
and then there is this one which is a lovely way to finish tonight.
Certainly your work is one of the hidden treasures of going on deployment and I can say honestly that evryone I have spoken to about their quilts has treasured them.
Till next time....................keep spreading the word and happy stitching!