MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The holidays are right around the corner and for many, we like to send out cards to friends and family each year.

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But instead of purchasing ones from retailers this holiday season, consider buying unique, local made ones that also are for a good cause. Laura Brooks, the program director for Courage Cards, joined the WCCO This Morning show to talk about the initiative and show off some cards.

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Brooks said Courage Cards is celebrating its 55th year in the Twin Cities. She said the great thing about a traditional holiday card in our digital world is that it has a deeper meaning for people. If you buy a Courage Card, all of the proceeds from the purchase go toward the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute.

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Most of the artwok on the cards comes from local artists who said they become inspired after being helped out by the organization. Brooks said they hold “art searches” to help the organization find artists for their next batch of cards.