The Fort Saskatchewan Elks Club assisted Freson Bros. in purchasing a Caroline’s Cart.
The Caroline’s Cart project was something the Elks club took on a few years ago in hopes of making shopping easier for parents or caregivers with special needs children.
"That's what the Elks stand for; doing something for disabled people," said Al Gummesen, a member of the local Elks club.
Caroline’s Carts come with a harness and can seat a person 250 pounds and under. Its function is to allow parents to shop without the difficult task of having to maneuver both a cart and a wheelchair.
Before the Freson Bros. cart, the local group placed two in Cabela’s and another at Station Square Co-op. There are also several of them in Sherwood Park provided by other organizations.
"The Caroline’s Cart is definitely a great piece of equipment to have in the store for customers that would require that type of a service," said Freson Bros. store manager Kerry Waldo.
The cart was invented by Drew Ann Long after realizing that her special needs daughter, Caroline, would one day outgrow the standard shopping cart.
Each cart costs around $2,000. The Elks club raised $750 through different fundraising activities, such as barbeques, city functions and selling tickets. Freson Bros. covered the rest of the cost.
Money that the Elks Club events make goes towards projects like Caroline's Carts, as well as for families that require special medical care for children.
"It's very generous of them to fundraiser for and supply us with that cart that will really make a difference in our customers shopping experience," added Waldo. "I want to really thank the Elks for their community support."
The carts can be used for those with mobility issues and seniors too.