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Target to try out 'Caroline's Cart' designed for children with special needs

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Shopping at Target may get easier for parents of children with special needs.

The Minneapolis-based retailer is rolling out a trial over the coming months that will see shopping carts designed for children with special needs – called Caroline's Carts – put into 21 stores around the country.

There are four Minnesota stores involved in the trial – St. Paul (University Avenue West store), Woodbury, Stillwater and Coon Rapids – according to a posting on the Caroline's Cart Facebook page.

The Caroline's Cart movement started in Birmingham, Alabama, by Drew Ann and David Long, who realized their daughter Caroline, who has special needs, would outgrow the standard children's shopping cart.

They wanted to provide an alternative to parents facing "the impossible task of having to maneuver a wheelchair and a traditional grocery cart at the same time."

The Stillwater Current said Caroline's Cart has a "five-point harness" and allows the child to face the shopper as they browse the aisles.

And the response in Stillwater has been positive, with mother Kristy Kargel telling the website: "This shopping cart will allow a child with special needs the same shopping experience as a ‘typical’ child, and is super cool that Target is the first in this area to launch these shopping carts."

Target told BringMeTheNews that the carts aren't available yet, but will be introduced at the 21 stores in the spring.

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