I would like to express my appreciation of the wonderful laundry bag I have received from you. It definitely exceeded all my expectations.
I understand that the concept for making and sending these gifts is to thank us for the deployment that we are on, but it is you who honour us. It is a wonderful thing to know that people are thinking of us while we are away, and receiving gifts from people back home lifts the spirits of all who receive them.
I think it is a little bit of kismet that you made my laundry bag as while I was never a graphic designer, I had a small insight into the industry prior to joining the navy ( I was only meant to be away for 6 years, and am now in my 18th year). My father has worked in printing since the early 90s . His trade is in pre-press so worked on a lot of the old film printers and plate makers and now in digital plate making. I started an apprenticeship in pre-press at Colour Graphics and AdCraft before deciding to join the navy, but over Christmas still hang out with my Dad and help him do services on the digital platemakers. I’m happy to say the chemicals don’t smell as strong as they when I would help him as a teenager.
I’m curious which part of graphic design you worked in. While I was at Colour Graphics I didn’t spend much time with the designers, but I did enjoy watching all the hi-res images spinning on the big glass drums.
Moving into aged care is definitely a big change from graphic design, and I can only imagine it must be a very rewarding career.
Thank you again for the wonderful gift. I hope the COVID-19 restrictions haven’t affected you too much and the restrictions are starting to ease and let people get out and about again.
Thank you so much for the surprise parcel. I was so excited to receive the laundry bag and treats yesterday. The laundry bag was very impressive and will come in very handy., All the treats were very much appreciated but I especially like the snakes as they are my favourite. I love the Tim Tams too but we use them as gifts for the US and Coalition Troops to get extra things done (and eat a few ourselves as well). The coffee satchels were also special as the American coffee here is pretty ordinary. I hope you don’t mind me replying to you by email as it currently takes 6-8 weeks for mail to get to Australia from the Middle East.
I sat in my CHU (Container Housing Unit- basically a large number of shipping containers bolted together) where I live last night eating the snakes and reading your letter. I enjoyed reading it as it brought a smile to my face but it also made me feel humble and overwhelmed that someone would take the time and care enough to do something like this for Australian soldiers. You and your colleagues are truly special people.
Due to COVID19 we have been quarantined back in Camp.It is currently the first days of summer here with 48 degree temperatures during the day. There is no relief and it is still 40 to 45 degrees overnight. Unbelievably it actually rains sand during the Sand Storms that blow in from the dessert.
Anyway, I was born and bred,I have been married for 22 years and we have two daughters, 17 and 14.
So, once again thank you so much for writing to me and sending me the surprise parcel. I must confess that you taking the time to do this has brought a tear to my eye (a happy tear). As previously mentioned, I just can’t believe there are beautiful and kind people out there like you who care and go the extra yard for others. This email is relatively short compared to your letter, but please be assured it comes from my heart and with sincere appreciation. I know Jan-Maree from Aussie Hero Quilts is unwell and when she emailed me recently about my Aussie Quilt, I sent her a thank you email stating that she and her organisation do such a wonderful job which is greatly appreciated by the troops. I wish you all the best for a happy, healthy and prosperous future. You definitely deserve it.
Today I received my deployment blanket from you and your husband. We are at the end of the trip, weary and tiring, receiving your blanket has given me a huge boost to morale.
Thank you to you and your husband for making these for us all, it is little things like this that make it ok some days. Thank you for the tim tams as well, snacks have become a hot commodity lately.
Soon we will be on our way backand everyone is very excited to see their families on the wharf (if they are allowed to be there).
I have received one of your laundry bags and letters after completing a rotation on the WA response to COVID19. I wanted to express my thanks to you and to Aussie Hero Quilts.
I hope that this virus is soon to disperse and that you may continue back to your world travels.
I hope this email finds you fit and well and hopefully enjoying the much-needed benefits of some normality back into your life. I’m writing to thank you for your generosity, your thoughtfulness and your beautiful work. It was a terrific morale boost to receive the quilt and laundry bag. The most significant part of receiving the parcel was the realisation that somebody back home has taken the time, care and effort to put this together and send it out to an Australian Soldier.
I hope this email, in some small way, reinforces how important your support is to us all. It means a great deal to know there are Australians like you back home and it’s truly heart-warming.
Thank you so much again. Please look after yourself and your family.
Warmest wishes and kindest regards