By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer
NORTH POLE - Santa's paying special attention to military families this year.
Now through Jan. 1, signs reading 'Official Santa Landing Zone' will decorate the lawns of the U.S. Fisher House lodges for families of military members undergoing medical treatment.
The beneficiary of this year's Operation Santa Sign, the Fisher House Foundation will also receive $2 from every Santa sign sale that takes place throughout the naouttion.
Costing $12.99, the signs will be available at www.OperationSantaSign.com through Dec. 31. The signs measure 24 inches wide by 18 inches high, and the purchase includes a stake for display purposes.
Operation Santa Sign is an annual charity project of YourNameUniversity.com, an online store for personalized academic apparel.
'We are very proud to be working with Fisher House, supporting our military personnel and their families this holiday season,' said Larry Peck, president of YourNameUniversity.com. 'We all want to do anything and everything we can to make the holidays more enjoyable for our troops as they recover from injuries sustained while serving our country.'
This is the first year for Fisher House Foundation to be the recipient of the 4-year-old Santa sign fundraiser.
'We are delighted to be this year's non-profit beneficiary of Operation Santa Sign,' said Jim Weiskopf, Fisher House Foundation executive vice president. 'We depend on the generosity of the public to raise the donations needed to expand our program, and we are determined to do just that for as long as the needs exist.'
The Fisher House Foundation maintains 40 homes that serve as temporary housing for military families needing to be near hospitals or Army rehabilitation centers. One of them is on Fort Hood.