(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.
(CNN) Major League Baseball (MLB) announced Wednesday that New York Mets second baseman Robinson Canó will be suspended without pay for the entire 2021 season after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.
Canó is set to forfeit his $24 million salary, according to MLB.com.
“We were extremely disappointed to be informed about Robinson’s suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program,” Mets president Sandy Alderson said. “The violation is very unfortunate for him, the organization, our fans, and the sport. The Mets fully support MLB’s efforts toward eliminating performance enhancing substances from the game.”
MLB said Canó tested positive for the drug stanozolol.
He was previously suspended by the league for using performance-enhancing drugs in May of 2018. Canó was banned 80 games as a member of the Seattle Mariners.
(KNBC) Nancy Alvarado worries about the deep toll COVID-19 is taking across the globe, and within her Atwater Village community.
“It’s wreaking so much havoc here,” she said. “I’m not a very good cook, so we eat out a lot. Just knowing all these little restaurants that we love so much and how much they’re suffering.”
But most of all, she worries about her parents.
“My parents are in their mid-60s,” she said. “My mom has sensitive lungs. She gets asthma and is so prone to bronchitis.”
More than half a million people around the world have died from COVID-19 since January. A vaccine is essential, but developing vaccines usually takes years. Wanting to be helpful in anyway she could, Alvarez volunteered for a clinical trial that speeds up the process by giving volunteers a vaccine. But these “human challenge trials” also give participants the virus.
(KNBC) Zoe-Raven Wianecki was raised to reject her Blackness.
Her mom is Italian and her dad is Black. She spent most of her childhood with her mother’s side of the family in St. Louis, Missouri. She attended 15 schools before reaching college in Missouri and California. As a teenager, Wianecki’s Black classmates would often ask, “What are you?”
“I’m Italian,” she’d respond. “That’s what I am. That’s how I was raised.”
Her classmates would say, “How can you say you’re Italian when the whole world views you as Black?”