Autism organization makes handmade Valentines

Share the love twice when you purchase a Valentine card for a loved one that was created by a local adult living with autism. The nonprofit Autism Enterprise, based in Ayden, offers unique handmade cards created by three adults diagnosed with autism: Alreo Barrett of Ayden, Tina Chadwick of Winterville and Anna Spruill of Chocowinity. The one-of-a-kind cards are made with bits of recycled greeting cards, ribbon, rubber stamps, stickers, card stock and other supplies. Handmade cards also are available for any occasion and holiday. Large cards sell for $2, small cards for $1 and gift tags for 50 cents. The cards are available locally at My Sister's Attic, a resale shop at 909 Red Banks Road in Arlington Village that benefits the local Center for Family Violence Prevention; at Curry Creations Fine Jewelry & Gifts at 113 Fire Tower Road, Suite H, Winterville; and online through an Etsy store.

Autism Enterprise was founded by Aimee Zavala of Ayden with the mission of "empowering differently abled adults to fulfill their potentials by developing their talents, relationships life skills and employment skills." Donations of used cards and craft supplies for Autism Enterprise may be dropped off at My Sister's Attic.