A fundraiser for the War Amps is beginning its 2022 year as key tags are headed to mailboxes in the Estevan region.

The tags function as a just-in-case measure for if your keys are lost, so people can call the War Amps to return those keys.

The program has been running since 1946, to provide employment for returning war veterans and to raise funds for some of their programs.

Public Awareness Officer Bob Maguire says that they've gotten a lot of keys back in people's hands with the program.

"To the date, we've turned over 1.5 million sets of keys to Canadians across the country. Keys are getting more and more expensive with fobs and it's a great service because it allows you to save money. 1.5 million keys is an amazing number."

While the key tags are free, the War Amps do accept donations for the various programs that they run for amputees across the country.

One example of the people benefitting from this program includes Emma Grobbink, an 8-year-old from Estevan.

Emma was born a partial right-hand amputee and is eligible for financial assistance for artificial limbs and adaptive devices, as well as peer support thanks to the War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program.

“I’d like to thank all those who have donated to the Key Tag Service,” says Jessica, Emma’s mom. “Because of this support, Emma can stay active, independent, and live just like any other child.” 

This year's theme for the key tags is “You Make Our Programs Possible.”, which funds programs such as the one that gave Emily her prosthetic.

Maguire is also a member of the CHAMP program and says that the support they receive is life-changing.

"I've been a member of the War Amps my entire life, and it's changed me for the better. It's because of donors ... that allow CHAMPs like myself and young CHAMPs to live their best life. It's a great thing, and I can't thank them enough."

You can order the key tags at waramps.ca or call in at 1-800-250-3030.