Wherever you are, after the rainy day of the last 48 hours, I hope you are drying out and did not suffer any damage.
Time to grab a cuppa and enjoy some of these messages.
Good Morning Ellen,
I'm the fella on the left.
Good afternoon Ruth,
I am a member of the Royal Australian Air Force currently deployed overseas in the Middle East Region. Today I received the laundry bag that you made for me. I wanted to say thank you for putting the time and effort into making something for me. I am sure that I will use it for many years to come on exercise at home and on future deployments. It adds a little colour to an otherwise dreary backdrop.
Thank you again for your time not only for mine but for the many others that you may have made.
I am contacting you to provide you the solace in knowing your hard-work has made it's way to me in the Middle East.
I would also like to take this opportunity to personally thank you for the effort you have clearly put into the both the quilt and laundry bag I was so pleased to receive.
Rest assured they add some much needed colour to a very bland environment. Upon reading your letter I am pleased that your evident skill in working with textiles also provides you a form of therapeutic benefit, however I am sure it is I who receives the true benefit as the climate here is currently cold and muddy.
I hope that thus far 2018 has and continues to be a kind year to you and your family.
Many thanks and kind regards,
Dear Robyn H,
I am emailing you to thank you for your wonderful laundry bag and letter.
I am an Able Seaman electronics technician in the Royal Australian Navy. I am on HMAS Sirius, an oil tanker that refuels and resupplies other warships and aircraft currently on missions and unable to return to the mainland to resupply. We are currently sailing and today we had a 'clear lower deck' (a meeting of all the ships company) in which all the members of the crew where called out by lottery to be presented with a laundry bag and ANZAC biscuits made by yourself and other kind and charitable people across our nation.
I feel particulary happy to have received yours (the bag with red tractors and wheat fields, I know other sailors have received bags of yours) as, though am I am not a country boy, I did spend four years working in country Queensland prior to joining the navy and my girlfriend is from a semi rural village outside Brisbane. Your laundry bag will be much used as when at sea laundry time, like most things, are rationed to save water, waste and time. this means that a week often goes by before I can do my laundry and this can develop into quite a pile!
The arrival of your gift is also of very convenient timing; my partner had made me a nice laundry bag, but upon sailing away from our homeport ( Perth ), I found that I could not find it. For the last three weeks I have had to try and fit my washing in a reusuable coles shopping bag with only one handle, as you can imagine, it doesnt work very well!
Thank you for your gift and your letter as it has made my week. Best wishes to yourself and your husband Micheal.
Thank you very much for the lovely laundry bag! We had them distributed to the ship's crew today, everyone in our crew of 70 received one, and we all really appreciated the colours and quality of them!
Our ship, HMAS Sirius, is the Royal Australian Navy's tanker and primary supply ship. It is very nice to receive personalised gifts at sea, especially things we can make use of in our tight quarters.
I intend to make good use of this laundry bag (and I really love that its black and red!) but I also hope that I don't spend too much more time at sea. I've been away from home (which is Rockingham, Western Australia) for 10 of the last 16 months. I am very much looking forward to getting back to my fiancee, and to our wedding later this year. We both are glad that I will be posting to a well-earned shore job in July.
I think that its really great that you support the Australian men and women who deploy to serve the country. Our jobs can be very busy, and the separation from home can make deployments difficult. We rely very heavily on the support from our partners, family, and friends. It is a very pleasant surprise and its very uplifting to receive a thoughtful gift from people we have never met!
Thank you very much for your support. I am sure that everyone who receives laundry bags, quilts, or any other carefully sewn gift from you will also be thankful for your work!
I would like to take the opportunity to thank you so very much for my laundry "dobey" bag I received this week. I have served in the RAN for 16 years now and deployed on numerous occasions without giving it a second thought. The kindness you have shown in taking the time to personally hand craft something to make my life at sea a little more "homely" is truly appreciated. I am a bit of a gym junkie some would say so I am in that laundry on a daily basis wih all the washing I generate! I now have a dobey bag with the personal touch that brightens my day when the sun isn't even up yet!!
I can't thank you enough for the work you and all the team at AHQ do. It is appreciated by our sailors and Officers more than you will ever know. There is a lot of dobey bag flashing going on onboard at the moment from a crew that are just excited to be at sea doing their job!
I just received your laundry bag and card from Aussie Hero Quilts.
The laundry bag is amazing, my son loves Toy Story so I think he will get good use out of it when I get home. It will be a nice present from Dad.
I would really like to thank you for your card. Your words really touched a chord with me and brought a tear to my eye when I read them. For some background. I have been in the Navy for 10 years now and am currently serving in HMAS Sirius as Officer of the Watch and Communications and Information Systems Officer. We are on exercise off the east coast however we are based are Garden Island, near Rockingham in WA. I have a wife and two young kids (3.5 and 15 Months) who live in Canberra. I left home last year when the baby was 4 months old.
Your card has re-vitalized me and given me the drive to get through to September when I will post home for a few years and get to spend some time with my family. The needs of the many outweighs the sacrifice of the few, and the words in your card are exactly why I do what I do.
I wish all the best to you and your lovely family, and again, thank you very much. You really have touched me in a way that you couldn't have imagined.
As a preamble to this letter, Rita made the quilt for this recipient's wife and she was actually lucky enough to meet her at our dinner last year. Now her husband is deployed and Rita was able to make her husband's quilt as well.