A shopping cart for designed to help parents with special needs children will soon be available at all Target stores. Caroline’s Cart allows caregivers to transport a kids through a store without also simultaneously maneuvering a wheelchair. Target said the suggestion to look at Caroline’s Cart came from one of its employees, who has a special-needs child.
Parents Drew Ann and David Long created the cart to help take their special needs daughter, named Caroline, go to the grocery store. Their goal was to create an inclusive shopping experience for all. The device was picked up by several chains since it was introduced 8-years ago. It had to be purchased by the store by request.
Now, all Target stores will be carrying the unique shopping cart. Drew Ann’s hope is that one day all retailers will someday carry it.
“Many stores have approved Caroline’s Cart at the corporate level. If you want your store to have Caroline’s Cart ask the manager to order one. 1-800-351-CART,” said Long.
The cart is a hit with those who have used it. Last November a Missouri woman found one at a Target in Dardenne Prairie. Her husband, Adam Standiford, posted a message to Target on Facebook and the story went viral. They say the cart has changed their lives.
Going to the store with his daughter and another adult was, “nearly impossible.” Caroline’s Cart changes all of that. His family no longer needs to push a wheelchair and a shopping cart.
For more information on Caroline’s Cart, visit www.carolinescart.com.