The War Amps 100th anniversary year-long celebration is coming to a close.
What began as an association to assist war amputee veterans returning from the First World War has expanded its programs over the years to support all amputees, including eight year-old Kimmie Long of Summerville.
Kimmie is a right arm amputee, born missing part of her forearm and right hand.
The family became involved with The War Amps before Kimmie celebrated her first birthday.
As a member of The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program, Kimmie is eligible for financial assistance for artificial limbs and recreational devices. She also attends regional CHAMP seminars where “Champs” and their parents learn about the latest in artificial limbs, dealing with teasing and bullying and parenting an amputee child.
“We are so grateful for the support that The War Amps has given to Kimmie and our family,” said Kimmie’s mom, Debbie, in a release from War Amps.
“The seminars have helped her develop a positive attitude towards her amputation and she has been fitted with artificial limbs so she can take part in her favourite activities like biking.”
CHAMP Program executive director Danita Chisholm says, “Although The War Amps has provided 100 years of innovative programs, there is still much to do to ensure amputees like Kimmie have the artificial limbs they need to lead full and active lives. With the public’s support of the Key Tag and Address Label Service, our vital programs for amputees will carry on long into the future.”
About the War Amps
The War Amps program 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 War Amps programs.
The Key Tag Program employs 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.
The War Amps doesn’t receive government grants and its programs are possible through public support of the Key Tag and Address Label Service.
Donations to the War Amps can be made online at waramps.ca or by calling 1-800-250-3030.