Children’s Mansion plans celebration

By Danza Johnson | NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Thanksgiving hasn’t gotten here yet and administrators with the Tupelo Children’s Mansion are already in Christmas mode.
The mansion will host its first “A Mansion Christmas” celebration for the children of the mansion and the local community on Dec. 8. The mansion is soliciting the help of the community and local businesses to make the event a success.
Sonya Laughlin, administrative director for the mansion and organizer of the event, said the Tennessee chapter of Modern Woodmen of America has already pledged to match up to $2,500 of any monetary donations or special gifts given at the event.
“This is going to be a big event for our children at the mansion and the community,” Laughlin said. “The children stay on campus during Christmas so we are going to decorate outside the mansion and put up a huge 15-foot tree that can be seen from the road.
“We want to this event to help to bring awareness to the mansion and to what we do. We’ve been a part of this community for 58 years so we just want to show the city we appreciate all the community does for us.”
Blue Springs Baptist Church will bring hats and gloves to all the children. Local officials have been invited to attend, as well as the whole community. Laughlin said there will be plates sold at the mansion as well as sweet treats made by the children. People and local businesses are encouraged to bring canned goods as well as make monetary donations.
There will be a special performance by the children at the mansion.