Wednesday, January 22, 2014
A reminder of special need parent powers
I recently read an awesome story about a grocery store in Wisconsin that purchased a special shopping cart for a customer with cerebral palsy.
The customer is William Hundsrucker, and he is one and a half years old. His mom, Sandy, sent an email to Festival Foods in Suamico, along with several other local grocery stores. Shopping with him was hard, she said, because regular shopping carts don't offer proper support for a child with little neck control. Just getting him into the cart was tricky.
Sandy recommended that the store purchase a Caroline's Cart. The $850 accessible cart was created by a mom of a girl with special needs, and named after her. The arms open for easy loading, the seat tilts back to accommodate children with low muscle tone, a five-point harness keeps them secure and there's a platform to rest feet on.
Other stores told her they forwarded her email to corporate, Sandy has said. Festival Foods readily agreed to get the cart. Said Hundsrucker, "My son's not the only special needs child around the area. I knew it could help many families and thought it's worth a shot and within a week it was here. It was amazing."
So there it is, a happy ending and a little reminder: Ask. Just ask.