Lolo Jones Shares How the Salvation Army Helped Her Family When They Were Homeless

(PHOTO: REUTERS/DANNY MOLOSHOK) U.S. Olympic track and field star Lolo Jones poses at Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Sports 2014 award show in Los Angeles. California, July 17, 2014.
(PHOTO: REUTERS/DANNY MOLOSHOK)
U.S. Olympic track and field star Lolo Jones poses at Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Sports 2014 award show in Los Angeles. California, July 17, 2014.

Even though Lolo Jones is a famous Olympic bobsledder and hurdler, she says she’ll never forget how the Salvation Army helped her family when they were homeless.

The 33-year-old Christian athlete spent Christmas Eve with her mother as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army and posted the image on Twitter.

“When we were homeless @SalvationArmyUS sheltered my fam,” Jones tweeted. “The money donated helps ppl all year.”

In November, Jones served as a keynote speaker and honoree at an annual Salvation Army luncheon where the three-time Olympian revealed that her family once lived at The Salvation Army Citadel Corps and Community Center in Des Moines, Iowa.

“When we lost our house, I saw my mother pack up her five kids, give us each a blanket and drive around with no destination,” Jones said, according to The Houston Chronicle. “They let us sleep in the basement until she got her feet on the ground.”

The athlete said her family received food, dinner on holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas, along with presents that were provided through fundraisers like bell ringing.

“Simply because people are shopping and hear the little bell, they stop and donate,” she said at the luncheon. “That changes people’s lives. It changed my life.”

“The question I’m always asked is: ‘how do you get the courage to try again?’ I always answer, ‘with the help of the Salvation Army,'” she added.

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
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