(CNN) Cameron Dobbs is a volleyball player turned coach at the University of Miami (UM). But Dobbs’ role on the court isn’t her most important position; she leads Operation Christmas Child, a drive that helps children around the world, one shoebox at a time.
“These kids get their first Christmas gift they’ve ever had,” Dobbs said. “I know for me, even at 21 years old, I’m still thrilled to open something on Christmas Day. These kids for their first time ever get to do that.”
Operation Christmas Child started in 1993 under Samaritan’s Purse, a relief organization. The project sends shoeboxes filled with Christmas gifts and hygiene items to kids overseas.
Dobbs is the main point person for the project at UM. She also works with Florida International University and the school’s sports teams.