Olympian and Iowa native Lolo Jones is spending time in her home town this week.
The Roosevelt High School graduate is doing work with her foundation in Des Moines. It all started Tuesday morning with the distribution of 400 pairs of shoes to children at Findley Elementary.
Volunteers washed each child’s feet, gave them a pair of socks, and tested for the perfect fit.
Jones says it was important to her that every child in the school got a new pair and no-one felt left out.
“You have no clue who needs the shoes or not, but everyone is getting them. All of the kids come in as a class and as a team and they’re dancing a little bit. It’s a fun atmosphere,” says Lolo.
Tuesday afternoon Lolo plans to give another 200 pairs of shoes to local teen running clubs.
Jones, who ran the 100 meter hurdles in the Summer Olympics in Beijing and London, is hoping to qualify for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in the sport of bobsled.