Support our warfighters: Tip a Blue Star Mom

There are many worthy nonprofit organizations in Lassen County deserving of our support, and we should help them all whenever we can.

From 5 to 8 p.m. this Thursday, Feb. 8, members of the Soaring Eagle Chapter of the Blue Star Mothers will help serve customers at Lumberjacks Restaurant, 2795 Main St., in Susanville. The Blue Star Moms will help servers take care of customers, and they hope the diners will tip them. Lumberjacks will donate 15 percent of sales that night if customers present a flyer from the Blue Star Moms. All donations will be used to support local sons and daughters serving in the military.

Believe it or not, it’s been nearly a decade since that cold November day in 2009 when the first Blue Star Banner was hung on Main Street, honoring the family and service of Tim Hanson, serving in the U.S. Navy. Since then, dozens of Blue Star Banners decorate Main Street and the parking lot at Susanville Supermarket IGA. Other cities such as Westwood followed the lead and now they also honor their warfighters with Blue Star Banners.

According to its website, the Blue Star Moms enjoy “a rich 75 year history of serving our veterans and military personnel … ”

Among its missions is the “support of the Armed Forces of the United States of America and its veterans,” and “to advocate for American’s Armed Forces and those men and women who have served their country with honor.”

Over the years, our local chapter has done much to further that mission.

They’ve sent numerous care packages to our local men and women serving in the military on holidays such as Christmas, and sometimes just because there was need that hadn’t been met, even though no specific occasion was involved.

They’ve worked to help aging veterans visit their war memorials in Washington, D.C. recognizing their service in their particular conflict during what are called Honor Flights. They’ve helped provide support for veterans who have suffered life-altering injuries and need special, custom-built housing.

They’ve written letters as part of the Words for Warriors and Operation Letters from Home.

They’ve traveled to Reno, Nevada to welcome veterans home when they return from the front.

They’ve helped local elderly veterans stay warm by participating in Operation Cover-up.

They’ve held bowling tournaments and craft fairs to raise money. They’ve held raffles and sporting events. They’ve held quilt-ins.

This is the second year for the Blue Star Mothers Tip A Mom fundraiser at Lumberjacks Restaurant.

A Blue Star Mother is a woman whose son or daughter is serving in the United States Armed Forces. Gold Star Mothers are those who have lost a son or daughter in military service.

Love of country and love of family are alive and well in Susanville, thanks to the Blue Star Moms. Be a patriot, support the efforts of this women’s group with a tip and enjoy a delicious dinner at the same time.

For more information on the Soaring Eagle Chapter of the Blue Star Mothers, call 252-1115.