'Caroline's Cart' makes shopping easier for families with special needs children

Cart available at Hiller's Market locations in metro Detroit

DETROIT - It can be a challenge to find time to simply grocery shop. But for families with a special needs child or adult they have a challenge of their own and it's one you wouldn't even think about.

Moms are masters of multitasking, but when you are the mother of a special needs child even the simplest tasks become complex.

For Heather Piszar, grocery shopping with her daughter Sarah is a challenge.

"It was fine when she fit in a typical cart seat but as soon as they outgrow there is nothing for them. If you can come to the store when it's empty it's a little easier, but it gets really heavy; the pushing part, the pulling part," the mom said. "Just trying to juggle everything and not crash into walls or signage and not crashing into other customers."

Justin Hiller, vice president of Hiller's Markets, discovered Caroline's Cart, a grocery cart designed to allow people with special needs to be part of the shopping experience.

He ordered one for all seven of their locations in Michigan. 

""This gave us an opportunity to be able to help customers that have a huge burden through every day of their life. If we can make that shopping experience better for them then we are absolutely going to do it. That's what this cart does," Hiller said.

The cart has adjustable straps and can hold up to 250 pounds -- accommodating both children and adults.

For mothers like Heather, it's more than just a shopping cart, it's a sense of normalcy.

She hopes other retailers will jump on board, "I was touched to tears. They took a stand to say we're going to support families and caregivers of individuals with disabilities by allowing them to be included in everyday activities which is the crux to inclusion and accessibility."

LIST: Hiller's Market locations

MORE INFO ON CAROLINE'S CART: www.carolinescart.com

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