Abel Walker, a Canadian child and beneficiary of the War Amp CHAMP program. (The War Amp contributed photo)

Abel Walker, a Canadian child and beneficiary of the War Amp CHAMP program. (The War Amp contributed photo)

War Amps key tags to be available in Kitimat, benefiting childrens amputee program

The key tag program provides support and funding for services such as CHAMP.

The War Amps will soon be releasing their 2023 key tag to support child amputees.

The tag will be available in Kitimat starting Jan. 16, according to the group.

Anyone interested in purchasing a tag can order one online or over the phone and have their address registered to the War Amps database. Then, if someone finds a lost set of keys with this tag, they can phone the toll-free number on the back and simply put the keys in a nearby Canadian mail box.

War Amps will then return the keys to the rightful owner, free of charge.

Since the program began in 1946, an estimated 1.5 million lost sets of keys have been returned to their rightful owners, the organization said.

The program funds services like the Child Amputee Program (CHAMP), which supports children like Abel Walker.

Walker, 8, was born missing the lower part of his left arm. Through CHAMP, Walker and his family were able to receive financial assistance for prosthetics, as well as peer support, and has been with the organization since he was just a few weeks old. The program also provides education and support for families with amputee children.

Parents Courtney and Ryan Walker said CHAMP has helped their son feel secure in himself and his abilities as he’s grown up.

“His prosthetic arm and device that The War Amps funded allows him to do everyday tasks as well as play sports.”

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

READ MORE: 75 years of returning lost keys, War Amps celebrate program


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