Saint John “Champ” Benefits from Key Tag Service, Now in its 70th Year

Emma - swim device
Emma wearing her swim device which was funded by public support of the Key Tag Service.

As The War Amps 2016 Key Tags are mailed to New Brunswick residents this week, the service marks 70 years of returning lost keys to their owners. Donations to the Key Tag Service assist members of The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program, including Emma Coakley, 10, of Saint John.

Emma was born a right hand amputee and has received financial assistance for the cost of recreational devices. She also attends regional CHAMP seminars where Champs and parents learn about the latest in artificial limbs, dealing with teasing and bullying and parenting an amputee child.

“Emma has made friends at the seminars who are just like her and understand what it’s like to be an amputee. CHAMP also instills a positive attitude in Emma that she can do whatever she sets her mind to,” said mom Amanda.

The War Amps Key Tag Service was launched in 1946 so that returning war amputees 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 Key Tag Service continues to employ amputees and people with disabilities and has returned more than 1.5 million sets of lost keys.

Each key tag has a confidentially coded number. Should the keys be lost, the finder can call the toll-free number on the back of the tag, or deposit them in any mailbox, and the keys will be returned to the owner by bonded courier.

“Thanks to the public’s support of the Key Tag Service, we are able to help young amputees like Emma live full and active lives,” says Danita Chisholm, Executive Director of the CHAMP Program.

The War Amps receives no government grants and its programs are possible through public support of the Key Tag and Address Label Service.

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