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Local “champ” benefits from long-lasting key tag service


STEWIACKE - As The War Amps 2016 key tags are mailed to Nova Scotia residents, the service marks 70 years of returning lost keys to their owners.

Jaelynn Creelman, three, has a myoelectric arm, and has benefitted from the War Amp program and its initiatives. Pictured with Jaelynn is her mom, Josephine.

Donations to the Key Tag Service assist members of The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program, including Jaelynn Creelman, 3, of Stewiacke.

According to a news release from the War Amps, Jaelynn was born a left arm amputee and has received financial assistance for the cost of a myoelectric arm. She has also attended regional CHAMP seminars where champs and parents learn about the latest in artificial limbs and devices, dealing with teasing and bullying and parenting an amputee child.

“Jaelynn uses her artificial arm for support and to play with toys around the house. CHAMP allows Jaelynn to be like any other child by providing the assistance she needs,” said mom Josephine in the news release.  

The War Amps Key Tag Service was launched in 1946 so  returning war amputees could not only work for competitive wages, but also provide a service to Canadians that would generate funds for the Association’s many programs. The service continues to employ amputees and people with disabilities and has returned more than 1.5 million sets of lost keys.

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, we are able to help young amputees like Jaelynn live full and active lives,” said Danita Chisholm, executive director of the CHAMP Program.

The War Amps doesn’t receive government grants and its programs are possible through public support of the Key Tag and Address Label Service.

 

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