What is traditionally a symbol of comfort has also become a physical reminder of resilience for Walwa's primary school students.
The 12 children at the school have been given quilts, individually tailored to reflect their interests.
On Friday, Lions Club of Wodonga member Julie Wilkins delivered the quilts, made by her sister-in-law Robin Wilkins 1400 kilometres away.
"Robin lives in Gympie, and her quilting group normally provide quilts to the children's hospital in Brisbane," she said.
"They wanted to do something for people in the areas affected by fire, and I knew Walwa was a small school, so I suggested they might like to make quilts for the kids."
Principal Steven Lynch was heartened when contacted about the idea in February and compiled a list with the children's requests, ranging from pineapples to Star Wars.
"It's nice the kids will have them for winter, and it will be something they can feel secure under, because I know a lot of them are still thinking about the fires," he said.
"It was very overwhelming; the Green Valley fire on one side came within 500 metres of the school.
"We have an air conditioning unit that stays on to keep our server room cool and it sucked in all the smoke - we have just had the carpet redone.
"For one of the children, their house burnt down."
Mr Lynch said the children were engaging with school well, now that fatigue had worn off, and there was much to celebrate in acts of kindness.
"We had a card addressed to Walwa primary from a school in England, and we've had families in the area donate to us," he said.
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"We were given permissions from the Department to bring all the kids back at once (in COVID-19), which was really important, because they were feeling isolated.
"I've employed an extra teacher to make sure we fill in any gaps in learning from the fires.
"I'd like to say a big 'thank you' to the broader community for thinking of us - we're only a tiny town, but I can't believe the support that's come from so far."
Walwa primary was not the only recipient of the Queensland-made quilts; 120 made by the group and 29 donated were also delivered by the Lions Club of Wodonga on Friday to Corryong's school and lions club, the Walwa-Jingellic Lions, and the council recovery hub.
"The workers there will hand them out to those most in need," Mrs Wilkins said.
While these quilts are just as impressive, they could never be as special as those given to the Walwa primary school kids on Friday.