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Estevan youth benefits from War Amps; annual key tag program begins

War Amps' key tag service helps children like Estevan's Emma Grobbink.
Emma Grobbink Estevan War Amps
Estevan's Emma Grobbink is among the youths in Saskatchewan to benefit from the War Amps.

ESTEVAN - The War Amps has started its 2022 key tag mailing to Estevan and surrounding communities this week with the theme You Make our Programs Possible. 

Donations to the key tag service provide vital support to amputees across the country, including Emma Grobbink, an eight-year-old girl from Estevan.

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

Emma likes to do yoga. Thanks to support from The War Amps, she was recently fitted with a tumbling device, which has a flat base, allowing her to do various floor moves.

“I’d like to thank all those who have donated to the key tag service,” said Emma's mother Jessica. “Because of this support, Emma can stay active, independent and live just like any other child.”

The key tag service was launched in 1946 so that returning war amputee veterans could not only work for competitive wages, but also provide a service to Canadians that would generate funds for the association’s many programs, including CHAMP. The key tag service continues to employ amputees and people with disabilities, and has returned more than 1.5 million sets of lost keys to their owners.

Each key tag has a confidentially coded number. If you lose your keys, the finder can call the toll-free number on the back of the tag or place them in any mailbox in Canada, and The War Amps will return them to you by courier, free of charge.

The War Amps receives no government grants and its programs are possible through public support of the key tag and address label service.

For more information, or to order key tags, visit or call toll-free 1-800-250-3030.