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Program for developmentally disabled spreads Christmas cheer through hand-made cards

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- 'Tis the season for giving and spreading holiday cheer, and Wilmington's Coastal Enterprises is doing just that.

Men and women with intellectual and or developmental disabilities have been working for months so hundreds of people have a reason to smile when they go to their mailbox.

It may not be Santa's workshop, but these men and women are just as busy sharing their love and creativity through Christmas cards.

"We all get together and cut a bunch of paper and get a bunch of accents and let them go crazy with it," Coastal Enterprises' Kristina Gossett said.

It all started as an arts and crafts project at Coastal Enterprises until they got an unexpected phone call three years ago.

"I was in Asheville for a conference and got a phone call that said, 'You need to come back! We just got a phone call, and we have a company in Wilmington, Criser Troutman (Tanner), who just ordered 500 Christmas cards,'" Don Hoover said.

And there it was born: the Coastal Enterprises Christmas card.

This year they started working on the cards in october to get a jump start on the 1,200 to 1,500 they expect to sell.

Not only do the cards bring joy to those who make them, but equally as much to those who receive them.

"When you open them you can feel the love that was used making them," said David Criser, owner of Criser Troutman Tanner.

Even after the cards are made and sent out they keep giving to the creators. Profits go back to the men and women who make the cards.

If you are interested in purchasing a card or buying in bulk, you can contact Coastal Enterprises at (910) 763-3424 or stop by the office at 1214 Kidder Street.

Coastal enterprises does not just make Christmas cards. They make them for all occassions.

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