War Amps marks 95 years and 1.5M keys returned

MONTREAL, Feb. 11, 2013 /CNW/ - The annual key tag mailing to Quebec residents is now underway by The War Amps, which has recently achieved two significant milestones -- its 95th anniversary and 1.5 million sets of keys returned.

The theme of this year's mailing, "There From The Start," touches on how the Association was there for returning World War I amputees in 1918, and has continued to serve amputees across the generations up to the present day.

This is illustrated through the story of Megan, who lost part of all four limbs to meningitis as a toddler.  Enrolled in The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program, she receives financial assistance for artificial limbs, counselling and attends regional CHAMP seminars.  It was at her first seminar that Megan and her family bonded with older Champ Maude's when they realized both girls had lost limbs due to meningitis.

The impact of that first meeting led Megan and her parents to continue this friendship through The War Amps Matching Mothers.  Now, the girls are 9 and 16.  Maude is a mentor for Megan, while her family passes on a lifetime of experience to Megan's parents.   The story of Megan and Maude can be viewed at waramps.ca or youtube.com/amputesdeguerre.

Public support of The War Amps Key Tag Service allows the Association to continue to be there from the start.  Key tags protect any keys, not just car keys, and are more vital than ever with the extremely high replacement cost of keys and remote devices.   Each key tag has a confidentially coded number. Should the keys be lost, the finder need only 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.

The War Amps receives no government grants. For more information, or to order key tags, call 514 398-0759 or 1 800 250-3030 or visit waramps.ca.  The War Amps can also be followed on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

SOURCE: War Amps

For further information:

For more information or to interview a War Amps representative in your area (where available), contact Communications at 514 398-0494 or 1 800 265-0494 or e-mail communications@waramps.ca.  

For a key tag graphic, visit waramps.ca/newsroom/stock_photos/keyadd.html or for filler PSAs, waramps.ca/psa.


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