Que­bec “Champ” Ben­e­fits From 70 Years Of Key Tags

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Mon­treal

As The War Amps 2016 Key Tags are mailed to Que­bec res­i­dents this month, 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 An­gus Fer­gur­son, 6.

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

“The War Amps is a phe­nom­e­nal or­ga­ni­za­tion. Grow­ing up I had a fair un­der­stand­ing as my mother al­ways do­nated to The War Amps. When An­gus re­ceived his de­vice, he told me how happy he was to re­ceive this new pros­the­sis be­cause it was eas­ier to lift the puck and the stick han­dle bet­ter” said mom, Bar­bara MacDon­ald.

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. The Key Tag Ser­vice con­tin­ues to em­ploy am­putees and peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties.

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, young am­putees like An­gus are able to live full and ac­tive lives,” says Daniel H. Lan­teigne, Man­ager of the Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Depart­ment at The War Amps and him­self an am­putee.

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, call toll-free 1 800 250-3030 or visit waramps.ca.

Photo cour­tesy

An­gus with his hockey de­vice, thanks to pub­lic sup­port of the Key Tag Ser­vice.

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