Quebec “Champ” Benefits From 70 Years Of Key Tags
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.
Angus with his hockey device, thanks to public support of the Key Tag Service.