This year, The War Amps Key Tag Service is celebrating 75 years of returning lost keys to their owners. Donations to the Key Tag Service provide vital support to amputees across the country including Olivia Miller, 17, of Merrickville.
Olivia was born a right arm amputee and, as a member of The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program, is eligible for financial assistance for artificial limbs and adaptive devices, as well as peer support.
“The War Amps has helped me to be the person that I am today,” says Olivia. “I’ve been fitted with artificial limbs and devices that allow me to be active and do whatever I set my mind to. I’ve also attended CHAMP seminars over the years where I met other kids just like me and made lifelong friendships.” The Key Tag Service was launched in 1946 so that returning war amputee veterans could not only work for competitive wages, but also provide a service to Canadians that would generate funds for the Association’s many programs. The 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.
The War Amps receives no government grants and its programs are possible through public support of the Key Tag and Address Label Service.
“We’d like to thank the public for helping to make this service a success,” says spokesperson Rob Larman, himself a Graduate of the CHAMP Program. “Your support funds essential programs for children like Olivia, veterans and all amputees across Canada.”
For more information, or to order key tags, visit waramps.ca or call toll-free 1 800 250-3030.