For years, Lisa Jamieson has avoided trips to the grocery store at all costs.
"There are a lot of things that are a lot more complicated when you have a child with special needs," she says.
Daughter Carly was born with Angelman syndrome, which affects her brain and her movement and makes running errands with mom, challenging.
"She doesn't have the endurance to stay walking long enough she has behaviors that cause her to be easily distracted and grab things and wander away and she has seizures that can come up at any moment," Jamieson said.
For years, she would have to find someone to watch Carly just so she could run to the store, and then something amazing happened at a Cub Foods in Maple Grove. A test run for an invention called Caroline's Cart. Created by an Alabama mother whose daughter has special needs, the large seat keeps the child low to the ground and strapped in nice and tight.
"In this cart she can just sit right down and I don't have to hold onto her, hold my purse, hold my diaper bag, try to grab the groceries," Jamieson said.
Right now, Caroline's Cart is only available at the Maple Grove Cub, but the feedback has been promising, which means more Cubs will add carts later this year.
"If you think this is something that could help you and your family we want to be there to help and do that. So we encourage the feedback and let us know if they want it," Luke Friedrich said.
The grocery trips she used to avoid at all costs, now bring her priceless moments.
"Carly loves to ride anything and the faster it goes the better," Jamieson said.