‘Caroline’s Cart’ rolls out in Watertown stores

Updated: Sep. 19, 2019 at 3:09 PM EDT
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WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - If you’re the parent of a child with special needs, or the child of an elderly parent, you know that shopping can be frustrating.

There’s a new shopping cart in several Watertown stores which can make the task easier.

Called “Caroline’s Cart” after its inventor, the shopping cart has a built-in seat for someone weighing up to 250 pounds.

The cart can replace a wheelchair for some shoppers, and can be found llocally at Hannaford, Target and Lowe’s stores.

“It’s not only useful in creating accessibility and inclusiveness for everyone, including adult children, but the first time I saw one was in Texas and it was someone pushing their elderly mother,” said Bill O’Neill, care coordinator at the Northern Regional Center For Independent Living.

The cart was invented by Drew Ann long, and named after her special needs daughter, Caroline. She came up with the idea for the cart after she realized her daughter would outgrow a traditional shopping cart, but would still need something to move her while the family was shopping.

Our reporter, Emily Griffin, said operating the cart is simple - jusst apply the brakes, open the handles and sit.

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