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Annual key tag blitz underway

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This year’s War Amps key tag mailing campaign is underway in Lloydminster and surrounding area with the theme “You Make Our Programs Possible.” 

This is illustrated through the story of 12-year-old War Amps poster boy, Cooper Tidmarsh from Lethbridge Alberta who lost part of his right leg in a lawn mower accident. 

Cooper is a member of the War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program who  receives financial assistance for artificial limbs and devices and also attends regional seminars where Champs and their parents learn about the latest in artificial limbs, dealing with teasing and staring, and parenting an amputee child. 

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, including CHAMP. 

The key tag program 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.