If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter you will know that I want to keep the #MomItForward momentum going. #MomItForward is when one mom calls another mom out for being awesome. This is the kind of shout out we need more of! So let me tell you about Jennifer, she is an AWESOME MOM. She has two girls, works full-time and keeps up the house (she also loves to bake and shares all of her recipes on Facebook-yummers!). As a parent, I am sure you can appreciate that her life is pretty hectic! A simple trip to the grocery store can feel like climbing Mount Everest. Add to that one child with special needs. Imagine pushing a shopping cart and a wheelchair while grabbing groceries for dinner; plain bonkers!
Thankfully there is an easy solution. Its called Caroline's Cart. Unfortunately these carts are a) in the States b) expensive c) few and far between.
Jennifer, a supermom who is also a super-advocate has a daughter with a rare genetic disorder called Trisomy 17p. I don't know much about Trisomy 17p, but I do know that every child deserves to go to the grocery store. I also know that every Mom (or Dad) deserves to have their lives made slightly easier by having accessible grocery carts. Jennifer went to her local Loblaw Superstore with Caroline's cart information in hand and convinced the owner that her daughter and hundreds of other families in the community would benefit from this accessible cart. She must have done a great job because here she is pictured with her daughter enjoying the new wheels at the Superstore in Whitby, ON.
I am impressed by Jennifer's ability to take a challenge in her life and turn it into something positive for her daughter and countless others. I wanted to share this story with you because it is a good reminder that: a) small things can make a big difference b) parenting takes a village c) inaccessibility needs to be a thing of the past. If you are inspired to make a difference in your community, go to carolinescart.com print out the cart information and take it to your local grocery store owner. Tell him or her what a big difference this small idea put into action can make.
If you know of another mom who deserves to be called out for her awesomeness, hashtag #MomIt Forward or (and) send me the story at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can call her out!