Alabama mom’s invention going nationwide in Target stores to help families with special needs children

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Alabaster mom Drew Ann Long came up with the idea for Caroline’s Cart on a napkin. It’s now found in hundreds of stores and Target is taking it nationwide.

“Caroline’s Cart can be a game-changer for families, and we’re excited to offer this for our guests across the country,” Senior Vice President of Store Operations said Juan Galarraga in a statement.

The carts can also be found in hundreds of other stores, including Publix, Kroger, Wegmans, ShopRite and more, Al.com reports. It’s also found in a handful of other countries, including Canada and Norway.

Long started a grassroots effort eight years ago to gain a national audience for the cart, which she designed for her daughter Caroline, who has Rett syndrome, a nervous system disorder that causes multiple disabilities.

Long said she found it difficult to maneuver Caroline’s wheelchair and a regular shopping cart.

Families who have found these carts in other grocery stores have posted messages of thanks on the Caroline’s Cart Facebook page. They say it makes their shopping trips enjoyable and less stressful.