Mom’s idea to help parents shop with special needs children goes nationwide

Posted at 2:18 PM, Feb 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-09 16:30:11-05

ALABASTER, Ala. – An Alabama mother’s idea to help parents shop with children who have special needs is now rolling out in stores across the US.

Drew Ann Long came up with the idea for Caroline’s Cart on a napkin, according to WHNT, and it’s now found in hundreds of stores and Target is taking it nationwide. reported the carts can also be found in Publix, Kroger, Wegmans, ShopRite and other locations.

Long told she started the grassroots effort for the cart eight years ago.

She said she designed it for her daughter, Caroline, who has  Rett syndrome, a nervous system disorder that causes multiple disabilities.

WHNT reported Long found it difficult to maneuver Caroline’s wheelchair and a regular shopping cart at the same time.

Families who use these carts have written messages of thanks on the Caroline’s Cart Facebook page.