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

Save-on-Foods in Cloverdale unveiled its new specially-designed shopping cart on Aug. 6 meant to seat people with special needs

Bobbi and Gary Taylor have four children, Joe, Kristen, Courtney and Kenny, and three of them are children with special needs.

Joe is on the autism spectrum; Kristen has been deaf since birth and also has an autism diagnosis; and Kenny was born premature and has a range of physical and developmental delays.

Kenny is in a pediatric wheelchair, which can get a bit difficult during grocery shopping – something that Gary likes to do as a family – since Kenny is now too big for the kids carts at stores.

Bobbi said she struggles to push Kenny’s wheelchair with one hand while also pulling the shopping cart with the other.

But now, grocery shopping for the whole family has gotten a lot easier.

Last week, Save-on-Foods in Cloverdale (17745 64 Ave.) unveiled their new shopping cart, “Caroline’s Cart,” designed to fit a special needs shopper up to 250 lbs.

Bobbi and her children were at the event to test out Caroline’s Cart.

She said it’s going to be easier to use the cart, than having to transfer Kenny’s wheelchair in and out of the vehicle.”

“Instead of pushing him with one hand and pulling with the other, and taking people out as I go around corners, I’ll be able to push him in that,” Bobbi said.

Save-on-Foods has been working on Caroline’s Cart in partnership with the Cloverdale Elks since December of last year, according to Wes Lewis, the store manager at the Cloverdale location.

The Elks group has been working to identify families across B.C. that are in need.

The Cloverdale Elks donated $500 toward the purchase of the cart, which costs $1,000.

This is the 12th cart to be introduced by the Overwaitea Food Group, however it’s only the second in B.C. with the other being located in the White Rock Save-on-Foods.