The War Amps begins its 2022 key tag mailing to Norfolk County and surrounding areas this week with the theme ‘You Make Our Programs Possible.’
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The key tag service launched in 1946 so that returning war amputee veterans could not only work for competitive wages, but also provide service to Canadians that would generate funds for the Association’s programs, that now includes The War Amps Child Amputee Program (CHAMP).
The key tag service continues to employ amputees and people with disabilities, and has returned more than 1.5 million sets of lost keys to their owners.
Each key tag has a confidentially coded number. If you lose your keys, the finder can call the toll-free number on the back of the tag or place them in any mailbox in Canada, and The War Amps will return them to you by courier, free of charge.
Donations to the key tag service help provide peer support, funding for artificial limbs, and an advocate for their rights.
Twelve-year-old Cooper Tidmarsh, who lost part of his right leg in a lawn mower accident, is a member of the CHAMP program. His family receives financial assistance for artificial limbs and devices. He also attends regional seminars where Champs and their parents learn about the latest in artificial limbs, dealing with teasing and staring, and parenting an amputee child.
The War Amps receives no government grants and its programs are possible through public support of the key tag and address label service. For more information, or to order key tags, visit waramps.ca or call toll-free 1-800-250-3030.