The War Amps Celebrates 100 Years of Helping Canadians
One hundred years ago, a network of amputee war veterans returning from the First World War united together under the common goal to serve other amputees and The War Amps was born. Over time, their scope has grown from supporting amputees who lost limbs in the line of duty to serving all Canadian amputees, including children. Although you may be aware of the support that the War Amps organization provides to amputees and their families, there are a number of ways that this amazing organization is helping right here in the Kawarthas every day that you may not realize. Here are a few of our favourites.
They Inspire Amputees to Get Back to the Activities They Love
The War Amps provides financial assistance to help amputees with the cost of artificial limbs, but they also provide resources that can help inspire amputees to better use those new limbs to enjoy activities they feel passionate about. The Prosthetic Limbs and Devices listing in the
Living With Amputation section of their website offers an extensive collection of devices that are available to assist amputees with a wide range of sports and hobbies, including:
- Drumming aids and guitar pick, horn instrument and violin devices
- Baseball, basketball, hockey, golf, curling and many other athletic devices
- Photography devices
- Airplane flying devices
They Regularly Save the Day for Non-amputees Too
Since the debut of their Key Tag service in 1946, the War Amps organization has returned over 1.5 million lost sets of keys to their owners. As key fobs become increasingly expensive to replace, this service can save individuals hundreds of dollars. A special arrangement with Canada Post means that if your keys are lost, the person who locates them simply has to drop them in a Canada Post box and they’ll be returned to the registered address free of charge. Don’t have a key tag? You can order one here: https://donate.waramps.ca/eforms.aspx?keytags
Their Resources Help Guide the Way Back to a New Normal
For new amputees and their families, navigating life in a whole new way can feel incredibly overwhelming. Complimentary information booklets available on the War Amps website can support people through that transition. Topics include:
They’re Making Roads Less Dangerous
The DRIVESAFE program positions child amputees as memorable messengers to communicate the costs of unsafe driving. To help remind Canadian drivers of the importance of safe driving, The War Amps shares defensive driving tips, distributes DRIVESAFE windshield stickers and features the DRIVESAVE message in public service announcements, on parade floats and on key tags.
They’re Making Play Safer for All Kids
The PLAYSAFE Program takes a “kids-to-kids” approach to child safety to make children more aware of potential dangers in their play environment. Safety Ambassadors from the War Amps’ Child Amputee program, many of whom have lost limbs in accidents while at play, give presentations, host displays at community events, ride on board The War Amps PLAYSAFE parade float and appear in videos and public service announcements to warn other children about the importance of spotting danger before you play.