- Associated Press - Sunday, November 22, 2015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A grocery store in Sioux Falls has fulfilled the request of a local mother seeking a specialized shopping cart designed for children with disabilities.

Andria Bender recently asked one of the city’s Hy-Vee stores to provide Caroline’s Carts, which are named after the inventor’s daughter and have a large seat where children can sit facing their parents. Bender’s 3-year-old daughter can neither walk nor talk due to a genetic abnormality delaying her development.

The same day Bender emailed the store, she got a voicemail message saying they had ordered one of the specialized carts. She called back right away to thank them.

“I said, ‘You know, for you it’s probably just putting in an order,’” Bender told the Argus Leader (https://argusne.ws/1SKzBzC ). “‘But it means so much more for myself and the rest of the people that are going to benefit from this.’”

The store recently began offering the cart to customers, becoming the second Hy-Vee store in Sioux Falls to have one. Another store ordered a Caroline’s Cart about a year ago, and store manager of operations Jesse Patrick said Hy-Vee stores have contacted them to find out where they got the cart.

“It has kind of spread just from us getting it,” Patrick said.

Bender hopes more stores will add the carts and has reached out to them. Target said it has started to add the carts in several stores, but doesn’t have plans to do so in Sioux Falls at the moment.

“Something like Caroline’s Cart is just a small step to feeling a little bit more like everyone else,” Bender said.

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Information from: Argus Leader, https://www.argusleader.com

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