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Sonia arrives at work around 8:30 in the morning and checks emails, voicemails, and updates the RMHSNJ’s Twitter and Facebook pages from her office.

Sonia arrives at work around 8:30 in the morning and checks emails, voicemails, and updates the RMHSNJ’s Twitter and Facebook pages from her office.

Many people say when you love your job it is no longer work, and Sonia Mixter Guzman would agree. For the past 6 years, Mixter Guzman has been the communications and community manager of the Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey (RMHSNJ) in Camden, New Jersey. The Ronald McDonald House is a non-profit organization that offers a place for families with sick children from across the country to stay while visiting hospitals in the area. As communications and community manager, Mixter Guzman manages the RMHSNJ’s social media pages as well as the many volunteers who make donations, cook, or plan activities for the families residing there. Several times Sonia has tweeted about needing a supply like coffee and had it delivered later that day because someone had read her tweet.

Her job also allows her one on one time with the children and parents staying at the RMHSNJ who often thank her “for just doing her job.” Many would consider her work emotionally straining, but Sonia sees it differently. She says it lets her “see the best in humanity” including “parents at their strongest, kids at their bravest, and people at their most generous.” Though time spent at the RMHSNJ is a small part of a child’s story, Sonia believes it is a crucial part. At the end of her day she is left feeling blessed for having a healthy daughter, and, most importantly, she is left wanting to improve upon her work.

Sonia is in the RMHSNJ’s playroom with Jaslene who suffers from Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita (AMC) which affects the joints and muscle tissues. Casts can be seen on Jaslene’s legs from her treatments. Jaslene and her family are from California and have been coming to the RMHSNJ for several years while she visits a nearby hospital

Sonia is in the RMHSNJ’s playroom with Jaslene who suffers from Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita (AMC) which affects the joints and muscle tissues. Casts can be seen on Jaslene’s legs from her treatments. Jaslene and her family are from California and have been coming to the RMHSNJ for several years while she visits a nearby hospital

Sonia is going through donations of cereal in the RMHSNJ’s pantry. Everything from soap to pasta gets donated.

Sonia is going through donations of cereal in the RMHSNJ’s pantry. Everything from soap to pasta gets donated.

Sonia is seen speaking with a volunteer from Cooper Hospital who made cupcakes for the families for the upcoming Easter holiday.

Sonia is seen speaking with a volunteer from Cooper Hospital who made cupcakes for the families for the upcoming Easter holiday. Sonia says the volunteers often “teach” her.

Sonia is pictured discussing a future project with Lauren White the RMHSNJ’s Director of Development.

Sonia is pictured discussing a future project with Lauren White the RMHSNJ’s Director of Development.

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