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Mother works to bring Caroline Cart's to Savannah area stores

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POOLER, GA (WTOC) -

A shopping cart specifically designed for children with special needs is now available at one grocery store in our area.

A Pooler mom is trying to get more Carolina's Carts at more grocery stores for others to use.

Mary Lorza and her family weren't a March of Dimes ambassador family for nothing. They have made it their goal to get a specialized Caroline's Cart in every grocery store in our area, making life a little easier for parents with special needs children.

Ask any parent who has a child with a disability and they will tell you, grocery shopping is never easy and can be a struggle with not enough arms and hands to maneuver around the aisles.

"Having two kids, you have one wanting to run around and having to pull a shopping cart and a wheelchair, and it becomes very challenging, so most of the time I would shop at night," said Lorza. "That takes away from family time because I would have to leave after dinner to go to the grocery store."

Lorza has twins, 4-year-old Sophia and Jose. Jose has Cerebral Palsy. She came across the Caroline's Cart online, a shopping cart named after a special needs child designed specifically for children with disabilities.

She marched right over to Publix in Pooler.

"When I saw it, I came over to Publix and talked to the store manager and asked if we could get one ordered, and they were very generous to get one ordered," she said.

They were so impressed they have gone to other stores, including local Kroger's and Whole Foods, to see if they could add a Caroline's Cart, which is easier to maneuver, with extra wheels and more seating space than some of the other specialized carts available, and also more comfortable.

"It's great for anyone from toddler age to even elderly people can use it," she said. "It fits up to 250 pounds. Even if you have a child with a broken leg who can't walk around the store with their parents, they can sit in it while parents grocery shop."

If you don't believe it's worth the money, Lorza says to look at her son's face.

"He's very comfortable in it," she said. "He enjoys it. It's the convenience and makes him happy and it's something we can do as a family without pulling along a wheelchair and a shopping cart also."

Lorza hasn't been able to convince other stores to purchase a Caroline's Cart, but she hopes if enough people see this story, and ask, they may change a few minds.

These are the stores in Georgia and South Carolina that currently have Caroline's Carts:

Georgia:
KROGER 011-00638 JEFFERSON, GA
KROGER 011-00463 WOODSTOCK, GA
FORT BENNING COMMISSARY COLUMBUS, GA
FORT GORDON COMMISSARY, FORT GORDON, GA
PUBLIX #1349 LEESBURG,GA
PUBLIX #1364 POOLER,GA
 
South Carolina
PUBLIX #1485

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