Thank You Notes - September 11, 2001 Tragedy


The following are thank you messages that we have received for comfort afghans that were sent to families of the September 11, 2001 victims.


"Just to Thank you All". The inside message says:

This message, though brief,
Has an especially warm touch,
For it comes from the heart--
"Thank you all very much!""

The last line is underlined

A handwritten message says:

We were just overwhelmed with the fact that people are so Great!
The afghan is Beautiful,
and we thank you so very much.

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Many thanks to you and Heartmade Blessings for thinking of our families and sending us the beautiful afghan we really appreciate it.

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Today is Friday, November 2, 2001…and I got the comfort afghan today. My parents were done today and they could not believe as I did…the time, the effort and the love that was showing from this wonderful beautiful afghan. Again as I do when I hear anything on the World Trade Center I cry but this cry was different. Thank you and all your friends and family. This has comforted me and knowing you and others care means more to me right now than anyone can imagine.

Cheryl…right now I am not up to it but after the new year…if you need any squares for your afghans please get in contact with me. Just let me know and the size. I can’t believe how much this affects me and the showing of your comfort for others. My parents were amazed, glad and honored that you sent the comfort afghan to me. I would love to thank all the girls who took the time and effort but many didn’t put their email address on it. I thank you and I know my cousin Joey thanks you also. God Bless you and your family and all who put their time and effort into this for us. God Bless you and with your permission and your friends and of course your families too, I would love to add them to my prayer list for doing this for me. God Bless you and yours.

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I delivered the WTC comfort afghan to James Bonner last night. We had just come back from taking my daughter and James’ daughter to see Beauty and the Beast on Broadway, and so I took the afghan along when we took his daughter home. James was on duty, but his wife had tears in her eyes when she took the afghan from me. She wanted me to tell everyone that we are the dearest people she has ever known and that the afghan will mean so much to James. One of his best friends, whom he graduated from the Academy with, was one of the victims on September 11th. His wife said she is going to figure out a way to hang the afghan on their wall so that every day they will be able to look at it and remember that there are so many caring people in the world. There are tears coming to my eyes as I type this. It was such a great feeling to be able to deliver this to my friend and know that all of us can make such a difference, even if in just a few lives!

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I delivered another WTC ‘ghan this weekend. This one to my friend Adam Kothencz. He was SO surprised! He knew that I was assembling ‘ghans for HMB and the WTC victims and families, but had no idea his was one of the names on the list. He is one of those people who is always buying things for others or doing things for others, and never expects anyone to do or make anything for him. He ended up with one of his classic "deer caught in the headlights and hit with a frying pan" expressions on his face. It was wonderful! He asked me to convey his thanks to all of the assemblers and contributors of squares.

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Hello!! My name is Lorne Lyles, husband of United Flight attendant CeeCee Lyles who died aboard Flight #93. I would like to personally take the time to thank each and everyone of you ladies who took the time out of your day to make the comfort afghan. It truly means a lot to my family and I. We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Please continue to keep us in your prayers, because they are heart felt.

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Emerson and I thank you for the lovely afghan. We will treasure it as a reminder of the kindness of fellow citizens.

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Your kindness couldn’t be appreciated more-thank you so much. It was so wonderful to meet your family in person and receive such a beautiful treasure. Please thank everyone involved.

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The family of Ann Campana Judge acknowledges with grateful appreciation your very kind and thoughtful expression of sympathy.

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I want to say thank you for the beautiful quilts. May the Lord shine on you and all the people who took the time to care for perfect strangers. You are the people who are sent down from heaven, you are special. I think the word I’m looking for is guardian angels. God Bless You and Happy Holiday.

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Our final farewell is an act of respect as we entrust Nancy to the tender merciful embrace of God.

We wish to thank you for your support during this time with your prayers, your presence, your kindness, your caring concern, your generosity, and your love.

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Thanks so much for the lovely afghan comforter you sent me. On September 11th my brother Joseph was an employee of Cantor Fitzgerald. As a result of the tragedy that ensued, that company had all of its workers killed that day. As of this date I have not gotten any remains of my brother and therefore have nothing to bury or seek closure from. I had a memorial service for him on December 1st at our local parish church. As difficult as it was, I tried my best to eulogize him. It seems so strange not to have a body to bury. I can only hope that something turns up to end this nightmare but somehow I think not, he worked on the 101st floor of Tower Number One and the prospects look gloomy.

This coming Spring, I plan to have his name inscribed on the headstone of the family grave in the Bronx, that is the least I can do. At least the world will know that he existed. He was only 54 years old. I am his older brother and I guess it’s up to me to carry on since both our parents are gone and there are no other siblings. He was the last of our family and will be missed greatly.

Please thank the ladies who did the squares and thank you for your lovely letter I will treasure this the rest of my life. You can imagine my surprise when the mailman delivered your gift. It lifted my spirits and I know Joe would have loved it too.

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Thank you all for the beautiful blanket in honor of my mother Nancy Bueche. I will treasure it always.

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I am passing on this thank you I received tonight from Nicholas Barbaro. I sent Nick a donated afghan on 1-2-02 and he wrote me to see who to write to thank for it. I told him I would pass his message on to the assemblers. He was a relative of Paul Barbaro/Cantor Fitzgerald.

It is wonderful to hear that an afghan was received, isn't it!

My family is in receipt of the beautiful afghan that you sent us. We were preparing a thank you when we realized we didn't have an address to send it to. Kindly send me an appropriate address.

Thank you for all of your efforts during this difficult time.

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How does one thank a complete stranger who made a beautiful afghan for a family she doesn’t even know? We are truly touched by the beautiful blanket and the love that went into it. May God bless all your wonderful women for all the love and comfort we feel when we wrap ourselves up in the afghan.

It has been a terrible tragedy for all of us – the beauty of the tragedy is the love that people give to those in need. Americans are truly good people who will always rise to the occasion.

We are so grateful to you’re and your wonderful organization.

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Thank you so much for the wonderful afghans. Your kindness has touched my heart and brought tears to my eyes. You are all wonderful and what you’re doing brings comfort during such a painful time. We will use your afghans to keep us warm during this especially cold winter in our lives. Thank you again.

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Let me introduce myself. My name is Mrs. Nassaney and I am Shawn’s mother. I would like to thank you for the beautiful comfortghan, it was so thoughtful of you. Everyone has been so kind and loving during this horrific event.

Enclosed is a picture of Shawn and his girlfriend. They were going on vacation to Hawaii when they were killed. They were both twenty-five years old and in love. Thanks again for being a part of our lives during these most difficult times.

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Thank you for the beautiful blanket. Your support and encouragement mean more to me than you can know. I cannot imagine how this could have happened – so many wonderful friends, so many fantastic faces. Sometimes I try to get my arms around September 11th, but it’s just too big, too surreal. Cantor Fitzgerald and eSpeed will succeed because my lost partners and friends were estraordinary.

I miss my brother and my friends. I will always remember them, but in spite of what happened, we have to carry on. We have to believe that our lives have meaning and purpose, whether they are inexplicably spared, or tragically cut short.

The memories of those remaining need to be celebrated. We must not be defined by this act of violence, but rather through our commitment to our loved ones and to each other. Only together can we build a future that will honor their memory.

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This is Stacy. You sent out some comfortghans to the Beyer family for me and in appreciation, I would like to send you some stamps. Thank you so much!! I do appreciate everything you do."

This thank you goes out to the following wonderful square makers: Coletta D., Vicky L., Carol P., Cindy D., Rita U.

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I just received a very lovely comfort afghan today and I was breath taken that such wonderful people would take the time to care for me in my time of need. I want to thank everyone who put time into the afghan and I will cherish it always and when I need a hug or just warmth I will cuddle up in it and feel all the love that went into it. Again thanks from the bottom of my heart.

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Thank you all for the beautiful comfortghan. It’s nice to know our loved one is remembered in such a beautiful way.

Please extend our thanks to everyone.

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My husband, Patrick Hoey, was killed in the World Trade Center on September 11. On behalf of my family, I want to express our sincere appreciation for the beautiful afghan we received last week. As the afghan keeps us physically warm when we wrap up in it, it also will warm our hearts as we see it on display in our home. Please continue to keep us in your prayers. May God bless you.

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Thank you Wanda, Kay, and all who shared for your loving support in such a difficult time. The prayers of the nation have eased the burden of our hearts.

The afghan is beautiful.

The message continued with the following:

Perhaps you sent a lovely card or sat quietly in a chair.

Perhaps you sent a funeral spray, if so, we saw it there.

Perhaps you spoke the kindest words, as any friend could say.

Perhaps you were not there at all, just thought of us that day.

Whatever you did to console our hearts, we thank you so much whatever the part.

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There are all kinds of thank yous—All very sincere—For help or for gifts, or for just being near. There are all kinds of thank yous for all kinds of things…But none could mean more than the Thank you this brings. Thank You Very Much.

I just want to say thank you again for the comfortghans you sent to the Beyer family. Please take these stamps. I know you don’t accept money. It is a wonderful thing what you ladies do and I appreciate all you do. THANKS AGAIN.

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Thank you all for the beautiful afghan. I will cherish it forever as a tribute to the good people of our country. God bless each and everyone one of you for a labor of love.

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Thank you Diana & Heartmade Blessings for the beautiful afghan you sent. And thank you to everyone who contributed each square so lovingly crocheted. Vicki talks about your group and all that you do and I really appreciate it. I will treasure this afghan always!

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I just wanted to write to you and let you know that the beautiful comfortghan was received just now. It was simply beautiful and I am speechless. Thank you so much for thinking of me. Thank you again for your fine, beautiful work.

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My name is Glenna Rosenberg and my husband Lloyd was killed on September 11th at the World Trade Center…

My 3 girls recently received comfort afghans…I cannot begin to tell you how special this is to me. My girls are 5, 3, and 1 year old and they cannot appreciate what this actually is but they all love them, and they are sleeping with them. Thank you again for thinking of us. I will never forget the kindness of strangers.

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"Thank you so much for the beautiful afghan. Thank you for keeping my husband Angelo Amaranto spirits alive. I will treasure the afghan for the rest of my live. It will keep me warm, and dry my tears. I will keep it close to my heart and soul.

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First I apologize for not sending this thank you letter sooner. I've been kept busy since 9/11 which is good therapy for me and yet very sad at the same time and ( I) cry a lot. You mailed the comfort afghans to my son-in-law (one for him and one for his two children). There was also another one in a separate box addressed to my husband Steve. I know you probably didn't know he had a wife, but of course, he let me have it. Our beautiful daughter Peggy turned 42 yrs. old on 9/18 is one of the victims missing. She was our oldest child and we have two sons who are both NYC Firefighter Lieutenants. Of course they were both at the WTC even on their days off, helping victims and especially hoping to find their sister. They were both exhausted for a few months but never complained. I must say a lot of people even out of NYC who we don't even know were very compassionate and thoughtful. I want to especially thank you and your committee that put these afghans together. It was a most thoughtful and comforting idea. I happen to use a afghan at night while watching TV so I'm most grateful to get this special one as a reminder of where it come from and to get a comfortable feeling while I use it. Again please thank your committee on our behalf for all the work and time and to let them know that all their kind acts helped us to get through this very terrible time in our lives.

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Thank you very much for the beautiful comfort afghans. We’ve gotten so much support over these last 5 months -- we really do appreciate it and it’s nice to know what wonderful, caring people there are across our great nation.

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Thank you all so much for the beautiful and love-filled blanket you sent to me in honor of my wonderful brother, Tommy. I showed the blanket to my sister and parents and they too loved it. I can't tell you enough how much it means to hear that terrific people such as yourself feel our pain! Thank
you again and I will cherish it always!

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Thank you so much for the beautiful afghan. We can't imagine how long it took you and your group to make. God bless you for thinking of us. We'll never forget this. Please continue to pray for us. Thanks again for the lovely afghan.

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What kind and caring persons you "Heartmade Blessings" ladies are! Our words cannot adequately express how much receiving the "Comfortghan" – with its unique red, white and blue designs -- means to us. How deeply touched we are that you wonderful ladies, who make up the "Heartmade Blessings" team are willing to reach out to hurting people you do not know.

Our son Lieutenant Commander Eric Allen Cranford died when the terrorist attack on the Pentagon struck the Naval Command Center where he was at work. We are sending a brief biography so you can know the person you so touchingly honor.

If you, by chance, have the addresses of Janice Buttress and Debbie Swenson, who made squares for our comfortghan, would you send those addresses to us so we can write thank you notes to them?

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On behalf of my sons and I, thank you for the beautiful comfort afghan that you and others thought to make with your love in memory of my husband. The support of you, the others who stitched the squares, and the American people in general has certainly helped us to stand stronger and continue our lives. Again, thank you for your support and caring,

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On behalf of my daughter Tara and her children, Kenin, Kaitlyn, Breon, Brendan and Terence Stackpole, please accept our sincere thanks for all the lovely afghans that your group has take the time to make. One is more beautiful than the other and they will truly be a source of comfort and warmth to her family. Captain Timothy Stackpole was a wonderful, father, son and son-in-law (son-in-law is underlined) and we miss him so much!

Thanks again for remembering my daughter and her family and God Bless all of you.
Please extend our thanks to the others in your group.

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We received the beautiful comfortghan you sent us in memory of our son. We would like to thank you all for your kindness. We really appreciate it.

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I just received the lovely comfortghan. Would you post my thank you to every one that made a square. It was a very thoughtful thing to do. I will enjoy it and I want to thank every one that worked on it I sent a thank you card to Joan Barrett she is the one that mailed it to me.

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Thank you very kindly for your thoughtful gift and note. I will use the afghan to keep my son warm and to remind me that losses make us so much more aware of what we have. Joao Aguiar was my nephew who lived with me for the past 16 years and he is missed more than I can describe.

Thank you for your prayers and your thoughtfulness.

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The ones we love are never gone for they live within our hearts. No words can adequately express the depth of our gratitude for the love and support you have provided during this difficult time. Your thoughtfulness did so much to ease our sorrow.

Thank you for the beautiful patriotic afghan. Your kindness does help to lift our heavy hearts. Please extend our thanks to all involved. My husband would be so pleased to know how you’ve helped.

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The family of Vincent Michael Litto would like to thank you for your love and support during this very difficult time. Let his memory comfort us and his legacy guide us to a peaceful world today and always.

The afghan was so beautiful. We will cherish it always.

Also inside was a picture of Vincent Michael Litto (March 13, 1949 – September 11, 2001)

On the back of the picture was this verse:

And if I go, while you’re still here…Know that I live on, vibrating to a different measure-behind a veil you cannot see through. You will not see me, so you must have faith . I wait for the time when we can soar together again-both aware of each other. Until then, live your life to it’s fullest and when you need me, just whisper my name in your heart…I will be there.

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This "Thank You" cannot even begin to tell you what this beautiful afghan meant to me. Never would I have imagined an organization could be so wonderful in thinking of such a blessing as this gift. It will warm me and warm my heart more than you can ever imagine.

God bless your organization and continue this wonderful job.

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We just wanted to let you know that we received your beautiful gift in the mail today & have forwarded it to Lauren Manning. We know that she will be so touched by your hand-made afghan & will truly appreciate such a thoughtful gift.

Thank you for sending it along, & all our best wishes to you & your knitting group!

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When I delivered it, first she just cried and said but they don't even know me. Then she was speechless and for this particular New Yorker that is really saying something. She said that is the most beautiful thing that she has even seen and that it is the most wonderful thing that anyone has ever done for her. And then she cried some more and of course I cried with her. She really loves the ghan. She said that she could see the love in every stitch. I told here that was all the thanks we wanted. I posted while yahoo was down, it looks like a lot of you didn't get it. Ladies every one should have the privilege of hand delivering a comfortghan. The reaction makes everything else worth it. I guess I never realized how our craft and something that is fun to do can affect someone. She was given a release to drive two weeks ago Two days later she went to WalMart to get a heating pad, as she was pulling out of the parking lot, some woman was backing out of a parking space without looking behind her and ran right into Marge. She wasn't hurt but really really shaken. And her beautiful, pristine lovingly garage kept 1977 Gold and cream colored Mustang has a bashed fender. It was a week before she could drive again she was so shaken. Geez she didn't need that.

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Hi! Our names our Danny and Beth Storch we received our Comfort Afghan on Sat. March 23, we wanted to tell everyone who took part in making our afghan "Thank You" You all have very big hearts to do so much for a complete stranger. We have enjoyed it so much it really put a smile on our faces after everything we've been through it was a real picker-upper.  So once again Thank You from the bottom of our hearts.

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My name is Loreen Sellitto and I live in Morristown, New Jersey. On 9-11 I lost my beautiful boy, Matthew, age 23, to the bombing. He had just graduated the University of Vermont in December and started with Cantor Fitzgerald in February. My family received the comfort afghan just last week and it is displayed proudly in our family room where we all use it to cuddle, even our pets! Our sincerest thanks to you and Tillie Spitler for taking the time to do something beautiful for the 9-11 families. You can't imagine the heartache we all feel, even though 6 months has past, it is as if the attack on America happened just yesterday. The love and support of people from all over the country like you and Tillie help to sustain so many of us as we attempt to redefine our lives.

May God bless you and know how much your kindness means to me, my husband, Matt, and my younger son, Jonathan.

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Thank you so much for sending the beautiful handmade afghan. I have been overwhelmed by the kindness I have received.

Thank you so much--

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My name is Stacey Stone. I live in Bellmore, New York. I don't know if you will remember me...I lost my husband, Lonny on September 11th at the World Trade Center. Our paths crossed through a wonderful soul, Sharon (catbird1). She presented my family and I with a beautiful afghan put together by you and some other giving people.

Anyway, I must apologize for not being in touch with you sooner, but needless to say, life around here is quite hectic. The afghan is magnificent!!! I was so touched by the whole concept of it, that it is very difficult to put into words. To receive such a labor of love and hope from people that we have never met does so much to help your spirit heal. I hope you will share this poem with and our gratitude with everyone who was involved in this project.

(see attached poem)

It is very hard to find the start,
To say our Thank You from the heart.

The words I come up with just won't do,
To express our gratitude from us to you.

There are NO words to express how we feel,
With your continued support one day we will heal.

Be so proud of yourselves for the way you stood tall,
Your kindness and love helped us get through it all.

With your hearts and your hands you did all that you can,
You helped us to see the true spirit of man.

Losing Lonny is too much too bear,
It helps so much to have you all near.

Remember the tragedy that took him away,
Enjoy your life and LIVE everyday.

So remember my Lonny, for he was such a great guy,
Keep sight of the good things one day you'll know
Why.
-Stacey Stone-

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Thank you so much for the afghan. Please thank everybody on our behalf for the time and effort put into this project. It is greatly appreciated.

Carol was the contact for the Sullins family at Cabrini Hospital in NY. She had agreed to accept and deliver the comfortghans to Mrs. Sullins and children. (I'm sure Carol meant afghans (plural) as we sent 3.)

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During our time of sorrow we realize how much our family and friends mean to us. Your kind expression of sympathy will always be remembered by the family of David Marc Sullins."

(The comfortghans were received just days after Marc's body was recovered.)

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Please accept my heartfelt thanks to you and your organization for the beautiful afghan I received. My fiancee was one of the 3 New York State Supreme court officers who lost their lives while helping the injured. We were to be married in October, but I guess God had other plans for him. Now all I have left are bittersweet memories of the love we shared. Your gift has brought me comfort and your act of  kindness to a complete stranger will never be forgotten by me. May God Bless All Of You!!

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Thank you so much for the beautiful comfortghan. The kindness and thoughtfulness of everyone involved has truly touched me. Please extend my gratitude to everyone in your wonderful group.

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The quilt that I received was wonderful. It has been amazing to have so many people thinking about myself and the thousands of other families who lost someone on 9/11.

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Thank you so very much for the beautiful afghan-the kindness of people like you has made this tragedy a bit easier to bear. In a world with so much hate which has so terribly affected my children, it is only through the love of people like you that I have been able to show my children the goodness of the world & that love is greater than evil!

Thank you so very much!

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Thank you so much for the beautiful hand-made afghan. It is gorgeous, and will bring us much comfort (my 2 yr. old loves snuggling on the couch with it)! The reality of all this is still hard to believe, but the outpouring of love and support from people and organizations like yours continually reminds us that we are not a alone, and helps make each day brighter and full of hope. Thank you again.

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I am in receipt of a beautiful lavender colored, hand crocheted afghan made by all of you. I did receive it some time ago and am remiss in thanking you for it.

My name is Joanne and I live in Little Silver, New Jersey with my two sons. Brad is 16 and Karl Jr. is 19. Their father (my husband) was killed 9/11/01 while at work for Cantor Fitzgerald in One World Trade Center. The tragedy has overwhelmed us and caused the path of our lives to forever change BUT, we are grasping on to what we have in each other and managing via our own strengths (many of which come from the strengths my husband instilled in us) and the support of friends, neighbors and strangers such as yourselves. Our hearts have been touched by the love and compassion that strangers from
around the country have shown to us. Thank you for showing your support in such a beautiful fashion. The afghan is displayed with pride in my living room and has received many comments remarking on it's beauty and then surprise when told where it came from.

Keep up the good work. May you touch other lives as you have touched ours.

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I wanted to thank you for the comfort afghan that you sent me. I received it on Thursday afternoon. It was raining here, and the mailman was kind enough to knock on our door and deliver the box personally. He said he didn't want to leave the package outside to get wet.

I want to thank you and all the wonderful people who stitched each square. It turned out beautifully! And it has helped knowing that there are very kind people out there who will take the time out of their busy lives to comfort someone that they have never even heard of! I felt special and loved. Thank you! You and the ladies who crocheted the squares are certainly angels in disguise.

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I just wanted to thank you and everyone involved in making us the "comfort" quilt. It is beautiful and it will surround me with comfort just knowing how much people care, especially strangers. Thank you again.

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I presented the comfortghan to Bob and Jeanie on Saturday afternoon along with the money that was raised through our fundraising efforts. Bob will probably pass away in the next week or two. I wanted to let you know that the entire Finnegan Family felt the comfortghanh and the money collected was truly a small miracle. They were so touched by all the caring families from across the country and words could not express the feeling I had on hearing this first hand from them. Bob's mother and wife were down on their hands and knees looking at all the different patterns and reading all the different cards attached to each pattern. What you and your network of friends did for this family was very special and it is the kind of moral support they need to get through this most difficult time. I thank you and your network of friends from the bottom of my heart for being a part of this family's life. Your network is very special and you cannot image how your group touches a family's life until you're actually sitting in the room watching them open up the box and look at their faces as they read the letter. Thanks Again! I have enclosed a picture of the family from Christmas 2000. This is who you touched!

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We received your beautiful afghan today for Gitto family, everyone in our office raved about it. We will be presenting it to the Family on Saturday, I am sure that they will treasure it. I can not thank you and your volunteers enough for taking the time to make the afgan and for thinking of those in the Scouting family all the way across the country. God bless you and yours and thanks again for your kindness.

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My son's are in receipt of the two BEAUTIFUL, patriotic afghans that you collectively created. We can not thank you enough for your thoughtfulness and for holding us in your hearts during this difficult time. While the loss of our loved one will never be understandable, we have renewed faith in the love and concern that relative strangers can show for one another. I hope that we can return that kindness to others during our lifetime.

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It amazes me that despite all the war and evil there are still good people like yourself who wish to ease another's pain. The crocheted blanket is in my living room. this winter I will cover myself with it and think of all the hard work & love strangers put into it just so I won't feel so alone.

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I received the afghans yesterday for my son and me. I want to thank you for thinking of us and for your kind words. The afghans are absolutely beautiful and we will remember your kindness every
time we use them. Thank you.

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I'd like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the beautiful, and I do mean beautiful, Comfort Afghan. I never realized it would be such a wonderful afghan. Everyone who has seen it has remarked on how lovely it was.

It is comforting to know that so many people care and that they would go to all that work for someone they never knew.

It will always have a special place in our home and in my heart. I plan to e-mail everyone who contributed a panel and included their address or e-mail address.

Again, thanks. I'm afraid I just can't express in words the gratitude I'm feeling. You know, Rob was a lover of things beautiful, and I know he would have loved the afghan as much as I do.

God bless you and everyone who made these afghans possible.

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My name is Madeline Placek Zinzi and I lost my wonderful son, Mike, on September 11.

About two weeks ago I found a box on my front steps when I came home from work and could not imagine who Kim Ogle was and why she would be sending me a package. I can't tell you how pleased I was to find the lovely afghan with tags on the squares bearing the names of their creators. Perhaps I could take this opportunity to thank Kim Ogle, Grace Ogle, Norma McMichael, John Poznanski, Cari Raboin and Cathy Hines. Thank you all for your thoughtfulness and generosity. And thank you also to the angel who whispered in your ears.

Recently, I purchased quite a bit of red, white and navy blue yarn with the thought of attempting to crochet something resembling an American flag, but I've never quite got around to it. Under the circumstances, I thought I'd like to contribute to your Operation Purple Heart. Would you be kind enough to send me the specifications and instructions for where to send the afghan squares.

Once again, thank you for your kindness. I'm sure you are all angels.

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Today we received the beautiful Afghan from Heartmade Blessings. My wife and I wept as we opened and read the enclosed note. Thank you and the others so much for helping us in the process of recovery from Brian's death. This was a wonderful expression of love. Thank you for joining the squares together.

May the Lord bless you through this precious ministry.

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What an awesome surprise in the mail for us today. We were so touched by your special comfortghan-what a thoughtful and caring gift. We want to thank you all so much for your thoughts and prayers. Please continue with the prayers as we certainly do need them. Our Lord, church and family are there for us and of course we all know our Tommy is now so very safe with the Lord. Thank you all also for the flag pins (something I send with each one) we do appreciate all you all have done.

Along with the note came a printed sheet with Tommy's picture this is what was printed on it:


To our family of friends in Christ Jesus:


There is no why- There is only trust and obey! We thank all of you for serving so many in our time of need. It is such a joy to see your witness for the Lord. God has blessed our family mightily for forty years. He continues to do so now! For those who have joined our Lord in Heaven, what a glorious Easter they are having and forevermore! If you listen very quietly you will hear the roll call up yonder and they will be there! Thank you God for everything.

Then there is a great picture of Tommy and these words. JOY, Jesus, Other, You. Under that "some of us will get to Heaven first". And lastly this,"Then He said unto them, go your way.. For this day is holy unto our Lord: be ye neither sorry, for the joy of the Lord is your strength" Nehemiah 8:10

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Thank you very kindly for the beautiful Comfort Afghan. Cindy has been unable to respond to you at this time. She has been hospitalized due to severe depression. I'm sure she will thank you personally in the future.

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I have received both afghans.... they are beautiful, Wanda! I delivered the one for Joseph, (the Delta Pilot) to Delta Airlines in New York, since I had lost touch with him. They assured me that they would get it to him, as they were unable to give out any personal information on his new location. The one for Linda Pohlmann and her sons will be delivered this week. Thank you so much for this beautiful gesture.

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Thank you very much for the beautiful afghan which I received today in the mail. My husband died in the terrorist attacks of 9/11/01, leaving me widowed after eight wonderful years of marriage, and a single mom with a then 3-year-old son.

It touches me deeply to know that kind people are still thinking about my son and me, almost 11 months after the terrorist attacks, and making time to create such a beautiful work of art to show your concern. This and other displays of generosity have proven to me, many times over, that there is far more good in the world than evil. It is important that my son know that, so that he grows up to be a good man, generous in spirit, and optimistic about people, despite the violent murder of his doting father, and I thank you for helping me teach him this lesson.

Thanks to the generosity of many people, we have healed a great deal during these past eleven months. Though we will always miss Chris, we will nonetheless lead a happy life together, and my son will serve
as a living tribute to his adoring father who showered him with love and affection for those crucial formative years from birth to age 3. He is a very special little boy who takes after his wonderful father
in so many ways. My husband would be overwhelmed with gratitude to know how kind everyone has been to his son and to me.

Many thanks again.

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Thank you so very much for the lovely afghan. It touched my heart and when I realized that many individuals across two nations had taken the time to stitch each square, it brought me much comfort in this difficult time. The afghan exemplifies the many cards and letters that I have received from all over Canada and the United States and it will continually remind me of the support that I have received from both nations.

When I wrap myself in this afghan I am sure I will feel the warmth, comfort and encouragement that has been placed into every stitch.

Once again I would like to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your friendship and support.

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I can't thank you enough for the beautiful Comfort Afghans. I am thoroughly touched by this. It brings tears to my eyes knowing that there are thoughtful & kind people who would take the time to do this for us. Dean and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time in our lives.

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The family of A.Todd Rancke acknowledges with grateful appreciation you kind expression of sympathy
Inside is the following hand written note: July, 2002, Mrs. Hesse, Thank you so much for the afghan. It was so thoughtful to think of my family. It has been so hard. Thanks again for caring and sharing.

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Thank You! Your gift of love and thoughtfulness has comforted me and enlightened me once again to the true beauty in this world. I'm truly thankful to be an American and to consider each of you my friends and family. Thanks for everything.

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We (it was addressed to me & Heartmade Blessings) received the following WTC thank you note:
Thank you for honoring Pete's memory with your love, kindness & support during this difficult time. Our family is truly grateful. Your quilt has been a great source of comfort for my boys throughout this difficult year. We send you a warm hug & thank you for your good work.

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I want to thank you so much for the beautiful afghan that appeared at our door for our beloved son Aaron.  He was 27, and was one of the 645 employees at Cantor Fitzgerald.  This is a very hard month for me, and I've had many such since 9/11, hard to describe my feelings, basically - loss.  Aaron was a special, wonderful boy.

Don't know how your group got our name, but we appreciate your loving kindness so much.  It modifies the anger I also feel to know that fellow Americans outside of our area feel for us.

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Thank you so much for the gift of the comfortghan.  The outpouring of support and compassion we have received is appreciated by all of us in the fire service.  I feel very honored that I was singled out to receive this wonderful gift.  Please extend my heartfelt gratitude to Darlene Newcomb for creating this afghan.  You will all be in my thoughts each time I use it.

It is our hope that Heartmade Blessings will continue making and distributing these wonderful gifts.  It is people like you that really make a difference.

Chief Lasky lost 11 friends at the World Trade Center on 9/11/2001.  He went there in person to try to help find them.

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Thank you , each and everyone of you for continual thoughts and prayers for myself, Brian, his family, and of course to all of those that knew and loved an incredible man. 

For those in the latter category, you were all in my prayers at Ground Zero yesterday.  I went, because I felt the need to be there meeting many people's families that have also suffered this great loss.  It was healing to me....truly a process in live.  I can't believe that it has been a year.  A year of tragedy and pain, but also a year of incredible growth and love.  One rarely comes in the absence of the other.  Life is a journey in which for those of us that knew Brian were truly blessed with the privilege of knowing and loving an incredible spirit.

This has been the basis of my healing, and its what gives me the strength to smile and pursue life with open arms.  I was blessed to have loved him.  He truly made me a better person.  For all your support, email, cards, flowers at the mailbox, pictures, stories, golf tourney participation, donations, or just a prayer and a remembrance, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart.  And thank you for honoring Brian's spirit, whether you knew him or not, by realizing that we all have a purpose in live, we are all still alive, and we all must love and respect our loved ones because our time here is so uncertain.  Brian knew this so well.  Till we see him again.

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Welles Remy Crowther
May 17, 1977 - September 11, 2001
Love is All that Prevails

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We extend our sincerest thank you for your very kind expression of comfort, sympathy and love.

On behalf of our entire family, I thank you, Ping Shelton's Mom, Madeline Kopman and Maureen Opfer for the very beautiful red, white and blue comfort afghan you made for us.  It is a beautiful work and gift of love and will keep us wrapped in the warmth of your deep caring.  You are very special. 

Welles Crowther perished in the World Trade Center after saving at least 2 women.  He was recognized by the red and black bandana that he always carried.

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The same angel that whispered in your ear about our tough times must be the same angel that delivered the Comfortghan to our home.  It is truly a beautiful and wonderful gift and we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Over the past year, we have met some of the finest people this country has to offer.  People like you; make us proud to be an American.  From all across this great country, we have received countless cards and letters from families we never would have known.  At times, God works in very strange ways.  He gave us a tremendous load to bare, but he also gave us people like you, to help us carry it.

As we snuggle in our Comfort Afghan over the winter we will always think of you and the group of friends we have at HMB and their love and their prayers.

Thank you.