Donations to the War Amps Key Tag Service help amputees across the country like Nate Collier, of Red Deer, who has a device that allows him to hold a hockey stick. (Contributed)

Donations to the War Amps Key Tag Service help amputees across the country like Nate Collier, of Red Deer, who has a device that allows him to hold a hockey stick. (Contributed)

Young Red Deer amputee benefits from War Amps

War Amps launch 2022 key tag service

The 2022 War Amps Key Tag Service program is underway.

Donations to the Key Tag Service support amputees across Canada, including Nate Collier, 9, of Red Deer, who is a partial left hand amputee.

As a member of the War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program, Nate is eligible for financial assistance for artificial limbs and adaptive devices, as well as peer support.

“Support from the War Amps has meant a lot to Nate and our family,” said Nate’s mom Jodi, in a statement.

“He has been fitted with devices which allow him to hold a hockey stick and take part in activities just like any other child. We have also attended seminars where he has been able to meet kids just like him.”

Launched in 1946, the Key Tag Service initially assisted returning war amputee veterans so they could work for competitive wages, and provide a service to Canadians that would generate funds for the association’s many programs, including 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. Anyone who finds lost keys can either 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 the owner 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.

For more information, or to order key tags, visit waramps.ca or call toll-free 1-800-250-3030.



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