Mansfield to host Cookies and Canvases fundraiser

Deborah Mansfield will open up her shop Saturday, Dec. 16, at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. noon and 1 p.m. to those who want to decorate a Christmas cookie and create a painting as a fundraiser for Lila Usry. Participation is $30, and proceeds go to the Usry family.
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Deborah Mansfield, owner of Deborah Mansfield's Decorative Painting, is well known for making West Point a more beautiful place with her murals, her workwith the Main Street Association planting flowers and other types of projects that make West Point a special place to live. She devotes much of her time to thinking of creative ways to enhance her adoptive hometown.

Mansfield wanted to do something to help the Usry family after hearing their nine year old daughter, Lila, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

To help the family, Mansfield is hosting Cookies and Canvases at her shop, at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m. For those wishing to participate, the price is $30 to decorate a cookie and paint a 12x12 canvas.

"So far we have 40 people signed up," Mansfield said. "I'd love to have at least 80. We can make room for more. The original idea was this could be for children, but ‘children' of any age are welcome."

Santa and an elf or maybe two will be at the event for children to have their picture taken and tell Santa what they would like to have for Christmas.

Mansfield said the cookies are baked by Mississippi Sweets and the frosting was a donation from Lion Hills in Columbus.

"Everyone can decorate Christmas cookies," Mansfield said. "I'll have some of the canvases with an outline already drawn with Christmas type scenes. Or if someone wants to create something completely different, that is perfectly fine."

Mansfield said she wants the young artists to be able to paint what they want. And for those who need a little help, she will be happy to assist them.

"Everything we make goes to help the Usrys," Mansfield said. "I can't imagine what it must be like for them with a child in the hospital for six months. Everyone wants to help and I thought this might be a fun project for kids and a way to help Lila."

Mansfield said they would be taking donations or if someone wanted to sponsor a child to participate they can do that, as well.

This event was the combined idea of Mansfield, Melanie Busby and Erin Molina.

The ladies wanted to do something that would help with Usrys with the financial burden during Lila's treatment in Rochester, Minnesota at the Mayo Clinic.

"We will so another fund raiser for the family in February around Valentines Day," Mansfield said. "And maybe another one in the spring around Easter. She's going to be in the hospital for many months. We need to continue supporting the family in any way we can."

For more information or to reserve a spot, call 662-275-7819